If upon inspecting the exterior of your home you notice that there are noticeable cracks in your slab foundation, then you may be wondering whether or not you have foundation damage. While many homeowners may be quick to dismiss these cracks as signs of their home settling, it is important that you determine whether or not you may have foundation damage so that you can have the damage repaired before it gets worse. Fortunately, there are signs you can look for throughout your home which would indicate foundation damage. Here is a quick overview of the most common signs of foundation damage.
Cracked and Bowed Walls
A clear sign of foundation damage is if you notice cracking or bowing in any of your interior or exterior walls. This is usually indicative of your foundation shifting which is putting pressure on the structure of your house, resulting in this damage. Over time, foundation damage can affect the structure of your home, making it important that you have your foundation inspected if you discover this kind of wall damage in your home.
Crooked Doors and Windows
If foundation damage continues to affect the structure of your home, this can also cause your doors and windows to no longer hang properly. You may then notice that there are large gaps in your door frames, and you may even find that you suddenly have a hard time closing your windows and doors all of a sudden. This usually indicates severe foundation damage that will need immediate repair.
Uneven or Sagging Floors
Another clear sign of foundation damage is sagging or uneven flooring. Assuming your floors were once level, you should not suddenly notice slopes or hills in your flooring. However, if walking across a room is now like walking across uneven terrain outside, then this is a clear indicator that you have serious foundation problems that will need to be repaired as soon as possible.
Ultimately, if you have a suspicion that you may have foundation damage, it is best to have your foundation professionally inspected, and if necessary, repaired. Even if you are unsure if there is damage, having your foundation inspected will be in your best interest as catching the damage early can save you time and money in the long-run. Contact us to learn more about how you can tell if you have foundation damage as well as to schedule an inspection.