One of the biggest fears for homeowners is having issues with your foundation, otherwise known as structural issues. Foundation issues seem very overwhelming and a lot of work to repair, but spotting symptoms early can help you avoid more costly and time-consuming issues in the long run.

It’s important to have a basic understanding of the different kinds of structural/foundation symptoms so that you, as a homeowner, can know when to call the experts in to take a deeper look and see if any repairs are required.

Symptoms of Foundation Problems

Settlement Sinking

If you start to notice symptoms of settlement sinking around your home, this is a telltale sign that there may be issues with the structural integrity of your foundation.

Bowing Walls

Bowing walls are a clear sign of foundation issues. They can either lean inward or show signs of bowing or bulging along the top, center, or bottom of the wall.

Sticking Doors & Windows

If your doors or windows appear to be sticking and are difficult to open, this could be a sign of foundation settling. As the foundation settles, it puts more pressure on your doors and windows, causing them to stick.

Wall Crack

Wall cracks, either internal or external, are one of the easiest symptoms to spot of foundation issues. If your foundation is settling, it can cause the walls to crack as it becomes less supportive to the weight of your home.

Sagging Crawl Space

As your foundation settles, it becomes less supportive of the weight of your home. This can cause the floor joists in your crawl space to become weak and start to bow or sag, which causes it to sink.

Uneven Floor

The severity of an uneven floor can vary, but if you start to notice any odd slopes or slants in your floors, this could be a sign of issues with foundation settlement.

Collapsing Retaining Wall

Retaining wall failure around your home could be a sign of foundation settlement issues. Basement walls can also be considered retaining walls, so any structural issues with basement walls or other retaining walls around the home could be a sign of foundation failure.

Floor Cracks

Floor cracks are one of the most obvious signs of foundation issues. If you start to notice any cracks in the floors of your basement, this is a clear sign of foundation settlement

Tilting Chimney

Foundation failure could result in a leaning chimney, where the found underneath the chimney is no longer supportive, causing it to tilt or break away from your house.

If you notice symptoms of potential foundation failure, call us for a free quote today! We serve Decatur, Marietta, Atlanta, and many nearby areas in Georgia.

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Catch It Early

The best thing you can do for foundation issues is catch the problem early. This will save you time, money and headaches before the issue becomes worse. Even if you notice the slightest sign of a potential foundation issue, it’s best to catch it early and get it repaired at a much lower cost compared to letting the issue get worse and more expensive.

If you think you need a second opinion on a potential foundation issue, we’re here to lend an expert opinion! Call us today for your free inspection.