How to Identify Foundation Problems

Foundation problems can wreak havoc on your home or business, and if not addressed in a timely manner, can be very costly. The best way to avoid small problems turning into larger ones is to remedy the issues as early as possible. And to do this, you must first know how to spot a symptom of foundation damage.

Identifying Foundation Problems from Inside

The first place you might notice that there is something not right in your home or building is when problems arise in the interior. The most common interior indications of foundation problems include:

• Diagonal cracks developing in the corners of doors or windows, in areas where the wall meets the ceiling, or around fireplaces
• Cracks along the concrete floors of your garage or basement, or cracks in flooring placed above concrete floors
• Buckling or uneven floors
• Doors or cabinets that no longer shut properly
• Windows or doors that jam or no long close properly
• Curling or tearing in the sheetrock
• Rotting or shifting beams in your crawl space or basement

Identifying Foundation Problems from Outside

The other area where you may begin to notice foundation problems is on the exterior of your home or building. Like the interior, these problems may be caused by shifting soil, loss of moisture, an increase of moisture, seismic activity, or climate changes. The most common exterior indications include:

• Cracks in the bricks and mortar of your home, as well as cracks in the stucco
• Windows and doors that no longer open or shut properly
• Cracks along the corners of the walls, doors and windows
• Cracks or buckling of driveways, patios or other concrete floors
• Gaps between your garage door and where it meets the concrete pavement
• Sinking or cracking steps or sidewalks leading into your home

What to do once you’ve Identified a Problem

Once you’ve become aware of a problem, you should check around the rest of your home. By inspecting both the interior and exterior of your home you can determine if the issue is an isolated incidence, or if there may be a larger underlying problem with your foundation.

The next step is to call a professional to have your home inspected. It’s common for a home or business owner to spot a symptom, and then find out through a professional inspection that it is not due to foundation damage. On the other hand, if you do have foundation damage, it’s important to have an expert advise you on your options for foundation repair.

Get Started Today

The best way to determine whether you have a cosmetic issue or a shifting, crumbling foundation is to have your foundation inspected by a professional. Call Foundation Technology at (661) 294-1313 for more information, and to schedule your free, no-obligation inspection.