While most home’s foundations will settle over time, additional factors such as soil erosion and tree roots can compound these problems and cause severe foundation damage. When this damage becomes significant enough it can cause cracking in your home’s walls and ceiling, and it can begin to negatively impact the structure of your home. When this happens, it is important to hire a qualified house leveling contractor to level your house. Yet, how will you know when your home’s foundation needs to be leveled? Here are a few of the signs you can look out for in your home indicating that your home may need to be leveled.
Sticking Windows and Doors
In addition to cracks in your walls, another common sign of foundation problems that you can look out for is sticking windows and doors. If you are suddenly having problems opening the windows and doors in your home, this could be a sign that your foundation is uneven and that your home is no longer level, which is making it difficult to use your windows and doors. Thusly, if you are having issues with sticking windows and doors in your home, you should consider contacting a foundation specialist.
Your Chimney is Unstable
Another common sign of foundation problems is chimney damage. If your chimney shares a foundation with the rest of your home, then damage to your home’s foundation could result in an unstable chimney. If your chimney is leaning or has severe cracking, this is likely a sign of foundation damage.
If you suspect foundation damage in your home, you should also check to see if your floors are uneven. If your floors were once even but suddenly seem to slant, or there are hills in your flooring, you likely have foundation damage. If you are unsure whether or not your floors are level you can purchase a cheap level from your hardware store, or you could even place a marble on your floor and see if it rolls dramatically as if it is on a hill.
Contact us to learn more about how you can tell if you have foundation damage in your home as well as to schedule a foundation inspection.