May 22, 2022

The Most Common Signs of Foundation Failure

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Unless you want your home to mimic the Leaning Tower of Pisa (the leaning part, not the tourist destination part), you shouldn’t ignore foundation problems. If you don’t address foundation problems immediately, they can lead to devastating structural damage, costly repairs, and even health problems for you and your family.

How can you tell if your foundation is on the verge of failing? Ahead, learn about some of the most common signs of foundation failure. If you notice one or more of these signs, we recommend you schedule a home foundation inspection as soon as possible.

Doors That Won’t Open or Close

Do your doors refuse to open or close correctly? The top or bottom may get caught on the frame. “Sticky” doors can result from high humidity or hinges that are out of alignment, but they can also point to foundation problems. They’re especially common with pier and beam foundations.

If the weather has been mild lately and the hinges are in alignment but your doors won’t stop sticking, consider having your foundation checked.

Driveway Cracks

A dilapidated driveway can indicate foundation problems. In fact, driveway cracks aren’t just a common sign of foundation problems—they’re also a common cause.

Driveways are usually designed to slope away from the foundation. This keeps rainwater from pooling around the foundation and causing it to bow. But cracks in your driveway provide rainwater with an alternate route to your foundation.

To keep driveway cracks from causing future foundation problems, patch them up as soon as they occur and take measures to prevent future cracks.

Uneven Floors

The next most common sign of foundation failure is uneven floors. Unless your home is decked from head-to-toe in funhouse mirrors, topsy-turvy floors point to trouble. Problems with pier and beam foundations can cause floors to sag. This doesn’t just look unsightly—it can also be a major tripping and falling hazard.

If it feels like the floors are uneven, they probably are. You can test the evenness of your floors by rolling a marble across them. If the marble rolls straight across, they’re even. If you see the marble dip at any point, they’re uneven.

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