If you live in a newly constructed house, it’s true that your sticking windows and doors could be a result of poor craftsmanship. However, if your house is several years old and sticking windows and doors are a new problem, the culprit may be a settling foundation or damaged crawl space supports. At AquaGuard Foundation Solutions, we often use foundation piers or SmartJacks to restore the structural integrity of your home and make opening doors and windows a breeze. If you notice any signs of foundation settlement or crawl space damage, call AquaGuard today to schedule your free foundation inspection and receive a complimentary estimate!
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Common Issues with Sticking Windows & Doors
Not every instance of sticking doors and windows is caused by foundation or crawl space settlement. With that being said, a free inspection from AquaGuard can restore your peace of mind and give you the opportunity to diagnose a problem when it’s the most cost-effective to repair.
If you notice any of the following issues with your doors or windows, call AquaGuard to speak with one of our foundation experts about your next steps:
- You have to use extra strength to open and close windows
- Doors don’t seem to fit in their frame or won’t open and close correctly
- Floors are uneven and sagging
- Diagonal cracks extend from window and doorframes
What Causes Windows And Doors To Stick Or Jam?
Identifying The Source Of Window & Door Issues
|Potentially Caused By:|
|Structural Problem||Crawl Space Structural Issue||Foundation Settlement|
|Jamming Exterior Or Entryway Doors|
|Jamming Interior Doorways|
|Cracks Along Windows and Entryway Doors|
|Cracks Along Interior Doorways|
|Sinking, Sagging Floors|
How to Fix Sticking Doors and Windows
1. Settling Foundations
Because of varying soil characteristics, foundation settlement is never uniform. Uneven settlement causes sections of a foundation or slab to crack and shift, while other sections remain in their original positions. While foundations and slabs crack due to soil settlement, the wood framing supported above is more likely to bend or twist. This results in cracks in walls around windows, skewed openings for windows—and doors and floors that dip. The drywall fastened to wood framing is not as flexible, so it’s more likely to crack—especially at the corners of windows and doors. When a house has a brick or stone exterior, a settled foundation is likely to have cracks in these upper masonry surfaces due to a lack of flexibility.
At AquaGuard Foundation Solutions, we address foundation settlement issues by installing foundation piers at key locations. The piers extend to stable load-bearing soil, attached to the foundation with steel brackets. This repair work prevents further settling—and can even allow the foundation to be jacked back to its original position. Once the foundation is raised back up, cracks in the wall will close. Doors, locks, and windows may return to functionality, and further settlement damage will halt. We offer two different types of foundation piers to address foundation settlement: push piers and helical piers. With either installation, there’s a 25-year manufacturer’s warranty, as well as our own performance warranty.
2. Sinking Crawl Space Supports
Crawl spaces are often poorly designed, with too few support columns, rotting floor joists and girders, and weak supporting soils causing the supports to sink.
As the crawl space structure sinks, the floor that it supports will sink as well, creating uneven surfaces underfoot. And as the floor sinks, it will pull the interior walls that are attached to it downwards.
As the walls sink, they pull apart, leaving cracks in your interior walls. And as the home warps, doors inside the home will jam and become difficult to open or shut.
We repair crawl space structural issues with our patented crawl space support jacks, called SmartJacks. We begin by excavating a hole for each support and creating a base of engineered fill. A pre-cast concrete base is installed on top of the fill, and the support jack is mounted on top.
Once installed, our crawl space supports will stop your floor from sinking and sagging. These adjustable jacks can also be modified to attempt to lift your floors and walls back to a level position.
Crawl space jack systems install quickly—with an installation usually being completed in about a day. They provide a superior solution to other repairs, such as concrete columns, shimming, and light-duty jack posts. More about crawl space jacks.
Which is Which?
When pinpointing what kind of foundation repair you’ll need, it’s important to note whether the visible problem in your home is centered around the interior of the structure or the exterior.
If you have exterior cracks or jamming doors and windows, then the problem is most likely not sinking crawl space supports. These cracks are most often caused by foundation settlement.
Your Local Foundation Repair Experts in GA
Any problem with a home can be distressing, and even more so when there’s a problem with your foundation. However, it’s good to know that a foundation contractor can have the damage quickly and permanently repaired—restoring value and stability to your home.
If you have a problem with your foundation, we can help. At AquaGuard Foundation Solutions, we offer free, no-obligation foundation repair quotes within our Georgia service area. Each free quote includes an on-site inspection, personal consultation, and written estimate.
To schedule your free quote, call or e-mail us today! We proudly serve Decatur, Marietta, Atlanta, Cumming, Dahlonega, Gainesville, Athens, Blue Ridge, Rome, Villa Rica, Newnan, Conyers, McDonough, and the rest of North Georgia.