Worried your home is in need of foundation repair? You should be. Milwaukee’s marshy base means building foundations are constantly shifting and sinking here.
As a homeowner, maintaining the integrity of the foundation can be the difference between a safe, livable home and one that has a slew of structural problems. It all starts at the bottom.
But knowing whether or not your foundation is in trouble can be challenging since it’s not something you can see. Luckily, there are ways to know your foundation is an issue since clues will appear inside the home where you can see them.
Read on to learn the top five signs your home is in need of foundation repair.
1. Fractures or Cracks
If you’ve started noticing cracks in your walls or ceiling, this could be a sign something is wrong with the foundation. It likely signifies the foundation is shifting, causing the rest of the house to move with it.
Several factors can contribute to a shifting foundation, including the soil and moisture under the foundation and even small earthquakes or weather damage over time. Our advice:
- Determine whether your cracks are moving horizontally or vertically. Different cracks can mean different things and some may just be cosmetic, with no cause for further concern.
- Watch for cracks on the exterior of the home as well, and be sure to ask a professional to help determine if the cracks are purely cosmetic or the result of a shifting foundation.
You may notice that one area of your home is lower than the other or has begun to sink over time. This is something you’ll be able to tell simply by looking at the interior floor.
This could mean that the foundation is sinking and there is a problem. It can usually be fixed by having the foundation raised either in the area where it’s sinking or around the perimeter of the home to raise the whole thing and prevent further problems.
If your home isn’t sinking but is rising in certain areas, this could also mean there’s an issue with the foundation. If you notice parts of your floor are beginning to pop up or almost appear like something is bursting from below, this is a problem.
Be sure to look around the exterior of the home for this as well. Since most rising occurs near the edges of the home, you may notice an upheaval around the garage door or doors that lead to the outside.
A shifting foundation can cause gaps to become apparent in certain parts of the home. If you see that your door frames are separating from the walls or that your cabinets have cracks or space between them and the drywall, this is a sign.
You can also watch for gaps around window frames since they’ll have the same visual appearance as the gaps around the doors. You may see that doors no longer align with the frames around them and have trouble opening or closing.
5. Uneven Floors
Slightly less noticeable than sagging or popping floors is an uneven floor. This could be hard to see but could signify the same type of issue. If you feel your floors are sloping or bowing, there is likely a settling or upheaval from the foundation.
This could mean your foundation is moving, and you’ll want to have it looked at so the problem can be solved quickly.
Don’t Stall on Foundation Repair
Now that you know the signs that you need foundation repair, get your issue looked at right away. You don’t want to delay fixing this problem as it could lead to bigger and more costly issues down the road.
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