The ideal home is built on a steady foundation. But over time, home foundations weaken due to water damage from heavy rainfall, overgrown tree roots and temperature changes. Some foundation problems do not surface until it’s too late and heavy construction is required to turn it back to its normal state.
These four signs help you identify early on if you are in need of foundation replacement or repairs.
1. Large Wall Cracks
It’s normal for houses to develop thin cracks around two to four years after construction. This only means the house is settling at a normal pace. However, once you see large chunks and gaps forming, your house is going through extreme settling and that is a cause for concern.
2. Latch Failure for Doors and Windows
Foundation problems can also exhibit signs through your windows and doors.
You’ll know that something is wrong when you experience frequent door jambs and latch failure. This is the same with windows that won’t close or open easily. This happens because the foundation tends to stick or drag the threshold, making it uneven.
Keep in mind, however, that door and window problems have a variety of other issues apart from foundation problems. So when in doubt, have a foundation repair specialist to have a look to determine the cause of your door and window issues.
3. Bowed Basement Walls
Hydrostatic pressure, tree roots, shifting soil and the age of the home are some of the main causes of a bowed basement wall. Bowing walls do not just happen overnight; it means the problem has been present for quite some time and you must address it immediately.
4. Sagging or Uneven Flooring
When your floors are out of level or show signs of abnormal flooring problems like sagging and dipping, you are already in need of foundation repair from the experts. This happens because foundation problems affect the pier and beam foundations that sags and makes the floor uneven.
Rapid Dri Foundation Systems has a team of highly skilled contractors to address your foundation concerns. Call us at (734) 272-4495 or fill out our contact form to avail a free project estimate. We serve homeowners in Bloomfield Hills, MI, and other surrounding areas.