Common Signs of Foundation Trouble
Common signs your home might have a foundation problem include:
- Uneven floors – These don’t have to be easily noticeable. Even a slightly unleveled floor is a sign something is going on with the foundation.
- Cracks in walls, floors, and ceilings – Floor cracks limited to one or two tiles were probably caused when something fell on the floor. Hairline cracks might have been caused by paint build-up. Larger cracks should always be inspected by a foundation repair contractor or a structural engineer. A floor crack that runs wall to wall was almost certainly caused by foundation movement.
- Doors and windows that no longer open and close properly – If it’s just one door or window, the problem might not be related to a foundation problem.
- Molding pulling away from the ceiling and wall – Even a slight separation should get your attention.
- Ceilings and floors have separated from the wall – See above.
- Bowed walls – If these are basement walls, the cause is likely to be hydrostatic pressure caused by poor drainage around the foundation. Consider installing a drain tile system.
- Torn or wrinkled wallpaper – There might be a crack in the wall behind the wallpaper.
- Diagonal cracks from the corners of doors and windows – If these are hairline cracks, they may have been caused by paint build-up.
- Stair step cracks in brickwork – These are a sure sign of foundation trouble.
- Chimneys and porches pulling away from the house – The problem might be with the foundation under the chimney or porch or the foundation under the house itself.