Your foundation is probably not something you give much thought to on a day-to-day basis. It is just there doing its job. But, if you suspect there may be any issues with it, it is important to investigate. Addressing any early warning signs properly can head off future damage that will be much more serious which as we know means much more costly to fix. If you suspect there are any issues with your foundation, it is important you find a foundation repair company. Here are some signs that your foundation may be in need of some TLC.
Doors and Windows
One of the most common signs that your foundation is settling and may be in need of some care is doors and windows sticking shut, or not shutting like they used to.
If you see cracks in the interior walls, dry wall or on the outside of your home, that is another sign of possible foundation troubles. The most common areas this will occur is over doorways and windows, as well as spots where the ceiling meets the wall.
Be on the lookout for gaps between the caulking and doors and windows. This usually results from the foundation settling or shifting.
One of the biggest warning signs that foundation repair is imminent is sunken floors, or noticing the ground sinking near the foundation. It is a good idea to call someone right away if you see this warning sign.
If you see wallpaper wrinkles and creases, you may have foundation issues. It can lead to the wall shifting, which causes the wallpaper to shift as well, leading to rips and separations.
Nail pops are small, cracked circles found where the nail pulls away from the sheet rock or drywall, causing the nail head to stick out or the paint to be pushed away from the wall.
Sloping of Floors
Incremental drops of about an inch here and there are not a major cause for concern. But if you are seeing sloping of more than an inch every 15 to 20 feet, your foundation may be in need of fixing.
Bowed based walls may indicate foundation problems courtesy of soil expansion. Wet soil pushes against the foundation and as it dries, moves back away. This results in weak areas that eventually begin bowing.
Check to see if walls on the outside are basically straight up and down, and side—a level can help figure out if you have leaning walls. A curve or bulge in a poured concrete wall or block foundation can indicate shifting or soil expansion and contraction. If you have concrete, poke it in a few places with a screwdriver, it should not give way. If it chips or a piece breaks off, it could be deteriorating. Check posts and concrete supports in the basement to be sure they are standing straight and are firmly planted under the beams they support. Wet framing and puddles could indicate a problem.