Foundation issues, like cracks, uneven floors, sagging ceilings, and damp crawl spaces or basements affect many homeowners each year. If foundation problems go on for too long without being repaired, you could risk having to replace your foundation completely – a new foundation can cost up to $30,000-$100,000 depending on the size of the house. If you are noticing signs of your foundation failing, get the opinion of a knowledgeable professional, like Crawlspaces and More, as soon as possible. Now, let’s explore a few signs that your foundation needs to be inspected and possibly repaired.
- Doors and windows don’t seem to fit properly
When you are having problems with your foundation, door and window frames are usually one of the first signs. If your doors jam easily and fail to latch or your windows stick and are hard to open or close, it is likely that you are dealing with a foundation issue. Interior/exterior doors will stick to the frame and double doors may not meet in the middle or hang correctly which makes them difficult to close. In addition to windows and doors not fitting properly, gaps may develop around window and door frames.
- Cracks in foundation, walls, or floors
Not all foundation, wall, or floor cracks are cause for concern. Tiny cracks are normal the first two to three years after construction. You should begin to worry if the crack is at a 45 degree angle, it is 1/16” or more in width, if you have an older home, or if it is a horizontal or zig zag crack. These cracks indicate that the perimeter of your foundation is under extreme pressure.
- Uneven floors or sagging ceiling
If you notice your ceiling appears to be sagging, the structural integrity of your foundation could be severely compromised. This can be very dangerous and your ceiling could collapse, leading to expensive repairs and possible injury or death. Uneven floors are caused by your foundation succumbing to pressure. If your foundation begins to shift and crack, your floors will eventually do the same. When the floors and walls of your home shift, they can cause cabinets and counters to separate from the walls as well.
- Damp crawl space or musty smelling basement
Wet crawl spaces and basements are another sign of foundation problems. Moisture of any kind, especially standing water, can damage your foundation and lead to expensive repairs. Damp crawl spaces or basements could also lead to issues like mold/mildew growth, pest infestations, foul odors, rotting wood, and high utility bills. While it is possible that your wet crawl space or basement is caused by another issue, it is best to get the problem inspected by a professional.
Get in contact with Crawlspaces and More right away if you suspect problems with your foundation. We will inspect your foundation and find the best solution to repair it. Crawlspaces and More is a family and veteran owned business with locations in Georgia and South Carolina. We believe our 5-Star Customer Care has made us successful and we would like for you to see it yourself. Along with foundation repair, we specialize in crawl space encapsulation, mold remediation, concrete services, and waterproofing. For more information on our foundation repair services, please call us at (800) 701-9828.