Four Indicators of Foundation Damage That You Need to Know

Four Indicators of Foundation Damage That You Need to Know
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    For those who aren't used to regularly checking the structure of their home,...

    ... or if you have just bought a new property and plan to carry out renovation work,...

    it's important to know what you are looking for in order to ensure that your foundations are strong and not in need of any repairs.

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Making sure that your foundations are good to go before you carry out any renovation work is important, as if there are any issues, added stress by building more or carrying out work on top of them could cause bigger problems that are more costly and time-consuming to fix.

Here are just some of the things you should look out for when inspecting your home for foundation trouble.

Cracks and Bulges

Keeping an eye on your walls for any unexpected cracks and bulges is important as these are a sure indicator of foundation trouble. Whilst small cracks are normal in most homes and usually pose no problems, you need to look out for any large cracks that appear to be steadily growing bigger. The same is true of any sudden bulges appearing in the walls, and this could mean that the foundations are shifting in a way that could only cause greater damage. If you notice these signs, call a professional who is trained to inspect house foundations as soon as possible.

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Sloping Doors and Windows

Windows and doors are designed to be straight, and if you notice them sloping in your home this is one of the most obvious signs of foundation trouble. Movement in your doors and windows is an indicator of movement elsewhere, and it may not always be an obvious slope – look out for any windows or doors which are becoming harder to open or close. These signs may only be subtle, but if you know what you are looking for it becomes easier to catch foundation problems early and save yourself a lot of trouble.

Sloping Floors

If your floor starts to slope unexpectedly, there’s a high chance that movement in your foundations is the cause. Sloping floors can be quite difficult to spot unless the sloping is quite prominent, so you can check them in a number of different ways. Keeping your eye on shelved objects and watching out for if they have unexpectedly moved or fallen over is a good way to determine a sloping floor. Another is to place a ball or other round object by dropping them onto a hard floor to check for a slope.

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Cracked Floors

We’ve mentioned cracks in walls as a sure sign that your foundations need checking, but it isn’t just the walls that suffer when a house is having foundation problems. Cracks in the floors can also begin to appear, and as this isn’t as common as small cracks in the walls, you can be sure that if a crack appears in your floor, it’s time to call in a professional for foundation repair immediately.

Which signs do you look out for when it comes to the foundations in your home?

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