How To Instantly Spot Foundation Problems

Here’s how to INSTANTLY spot foundation problems and what you need to do about them. You might be surprised to find that a lot of these signs are common problems that people don’t even realize are related.

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Horizontal cracks and stair step cracks in basement walls are always signs of a bowing foundation wall. The soil around your foundation is like a sponge, expanding when wet and contracting when dry. That movement puts an enormous amount of pressure on your foundation walls. Left unchecked, these cracks can further compromise the structural integrity of your home. Vertical cracks, sinking or uneven floors, tilted chimneys, jammed doors and windows can be signs of foundation settlement. Foundation problems never get better or stabilize on their own, they always get worse. The more you wait to repair, the more difficult and expensive it gets.

A lot of people- and I’ve heard this a lot which amazes me especially Realtors- “Well if you have a horizontal crack then you don’t have to worry about that.” Well that couldn’t be further from the truth. I mean literally your wall is bowing in and if you can fit a dime into the crack you really need to pay attention to it. Oftentimes you’ll see stair stepping cracks which is you know with settlement and issues like that really need to be addressed. The foundation is the thing your whole house is built on so that is as far as I’m concerned the most important part of your house. Without a good foundation then your floors start to bow and buckle, and if it’s an older house I mean we all laugh- “You don’t lose your marbles in an old house they just all roll to one side.” But it doesn’t have to be that way so there’s a lot of different methods that we employ to keep your foundation structurally sound.

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