How to identify foundation problems at your house

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How to identify foundation problems at your house

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Exterior indications of foundation problems

– Doors that will not open or close properly

– Gaps at the corner of fascia trim

– Diagonal cracks in the wall at corners of doors and windows

– Gaps between the garage door and the pavement at either side of the garage door

– Windows that are hard to open and close

– Cracks in the exposed grade beam of the house

– Cracks in bricks and mortar

– Cracks in brick and mortar

Interior indications of foundation problems

– Unlevel Floors

– Large cracks in the concrete slab

– Gaps above kitchen cabinets

– Cabinet doors that will not stay shut

– Diagonal cracks in the wall at corners of doors and windows

– Curling and tearing of existing sheetrock repairs

– Leaks and cracks in and around the fireplace

 

These problems are caused by either settlement or upheaval of the soil below your home. Settlement is caused when the soil below the house settles downward causing an uneven distribution of support below the structure. This can be caused by a lack of moisture to the soil or erosion of the soil. Most of the time you will notice foundation issues around the perimeter of the house because these areas are more exposed to erosion or loosing moisture.

Upheaval is when the soil below the house raises up caused by added moisture. Most of the time this is caused by a plumbing leak in the water pipes most often on the drain side of the plumbing system.

Some of the problems that takes place from settling or upheaval is cosmetic and does not require major repairs. A foundation expert can determine if a damaged property need to have the foundation repaired.

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