Protect The Structural Integrity Of Your Home: 4 Signs Your Foundation Is Damaged

Posted on: 16 May 2017

When it comes to your home, the foundation may be the most important component. Not only does it ensure the structural integrity of your home on a day-to-day basis, it also keeps it secure during things like earthquakes and gale-force winds. If you have a problem with your foundation, your home is in danger of eventual collapse. Unfortunately, you can't always see the foundation, since most of it is hidden under your flooring. Luckily, your foundation has other ways of letting you know it's been damaged. Here are four signs that will point towards foundation trouble.

Ridges that are Visible Under the Flooring

If you've noticed ridges developing under your flooring, you could be looking at cracks in your foundation. As the concrete cracks and separates, spaces will develop in your sub-floor. If the damage is caused by large roots, or the shifting of soil under the house, the edges of the crack could become uneven, which will create more noticeable ridges under your flooring. As soon as you find cracks and ridges under your flooring, you should contact a foundation contractor.

Cracks Around the Door Jambs

If foundation damage is causing your home to shift, you might start noticing cracks around the edges of your door jambs. They'll look like small hairline fractures that run from the corners of your door jambs up towards the roof. If you see those types of cracks in your walls, keep an eye on them. If they continue to spread, or the cracks get wider, it's time to have your foundation inspected by a company like RCW Construction

Doors That Won't Open or Close Properly

If your doors no longer open or close properly, your foundation may be structurally compromised. Large cracks in your foundation can alter the way your doors fit inside the frames. As a result, a couple of things can happen. First, you'll notice that your door locks no longer latch properly; you might have to lift-up on the door knob to get it to latch. Second, you may need to tug firmly on the door to get it to open. If you're noticing these problems with your doors, your foundation may be in need of repairs.

Molding That No Longer Fits Flush

If you've got crown molding installed in your home, the joints and corners can provide you with insight into the condition of your foundation. Look at your molding. If the joints and corners used to fit snugly, but you now see spaces between the sections, or some of the sections now sits higher – or lower – than the rest, your foundation may be shifting under your home.

Don't take chances with the structural integrity of your home. If you've noticed any of the problems described above, you need to have your foundation inspected as soon as possible.