It’s not as much fun as remodeling your kitchen or putting in a pool, but taking care of your home’s foundation is one of the most important areas of maintenance. And if you wait until you’re tilting over in the hallway to take notice, you could be in for a much more expensive repair.
Here are three signs that your foundation needs to be fixed:
When you can see visible cracks on exterior of your home, your foundation needs help. If your home is brick, keep an eye out for “stair-step cracks,” which is a sure sign that your foundation has shifted. Another place to check for foundation issues is your basement, notably the concrete slabs or the basement floor.
Doors and Windows That Stick
If your home is settling on one side, your windows and doors may get stuck. If the foundation has shifted, doors and windows will no longer be level.
Use a tape measure or level to check your floors to see if they are slanting. While this could be a sign of subfloor damage (including sagging beams or joists) it’s also an indicator of foundation issues. Check your floors in multiple locations (along the walls to interior, middle to interior, and so on) and make note of your measurements.
Choosing to ignore foundation problems could cost you a significant amount of money in the long run. It’s best to contact a foundation repair specialist when you first notice an issue so that he or she can assess the damage before it gets worse.
Source: Six Ways to Tell If Your Foundation Needs Fixing, www.Porch.com