House repairs can be a huge financial burden, especially when the damage is already serious.
And one of the most expensive repairs if not attended to quickly? Foundation repairs.
Foundation problems pose signs and symptoms including sagging floors, cracked walls, and crawl space problems.
In this blog post, we will show you how to check if you have any foundation issues before the damage gets worst.
- Stale, moldy, or damp smell in the basement
You may be familiar with that musty smell in a basement or crawlspace. However, that familiar odor can actually be a sign of foundation problems.
When foundation walls are exposed to excessive moisture, they can start to crack and break down. As the water seeps in, it creates an ideal environment for mold and mildew to grow. Not only can this damage the foundation, but it can also lead to health problems for anyone living in your home.
- Sagging ceiling and uneven floors
When there’s a shift in the foundation, compact walls and support beams also move. This results in sagging floors and ceilings. You can check this by using a level to monitor your home’s slope from time to time.
- Doors and windows not closing properly
If your windows and doors are not closing properly, most of the time, a little WD-40 can fix the problem. However, if a couple of your windows and doors are becoming more difficult to close, it could be a symptom of foundation issues. The shape of the frames can be distorted, making the doors and windows hard to latch or get jammed completely.
- Look for sources of molds
A recurring mold in the corners of your walls and windows indicates that there’s moisture gathering in your home. To rule out any foundation-related issues, inspect the source of molds. Perhaps there may be gaps and cracks that allow the water to seep through.
- Nail poppings or cracks
Nail poppings are an easy fix but when it happens more frequently than normal, then there might be a movement in your home – a huge sign that there’s a foundation problem.
- Diagnose any cracks
Cracks are perhaps the most obvious sign. But remember that not all cracks are related to foundation issues. You may find some small cracks near window frames and doors, but this is typically caused by the normal seasonal movement of drywall and underlying wood.
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If you suspect that there’s really a foundation issue, call an expert right away.
Companies like Stapleton Foundation Systems offer FREE INSPECTION so you don’t have to worry about the upfront cost.
That said, the house’s foundation is essential for stability. And when it comes to foundation issues, it’s better to be safe than regret. The signs mentioned above are just the initial symptoms and if left unchecked, foundation repairs become more expensive and difficult to fix over time.
Hopefully, following these tips will help you save money and keep your home in good condition. If you have any questions or inquiries about foundation systems around Georgia, don’t hesitate to contact us.