The list for potentially expensive home repairs is long and frightening. For most homeowners, foundation issues are at the top of that list. Knowing how to find foundation problems early is a critical part of preventative home maintenance.
Identifying cracks in walls, floors, and ceilings is important to assess potential foundation damage. It’s important to remember that just because you don’t see a crack doesn’t mean one isn’t there.
Here’s a list of ways to check your home for signs of foundation problems:
- Sagging floors or ceilings. Warped floors and ceilings can be warning signs of foundation issues. A slanted floor is a telltale sign of foundation issues. If you notice a continual change in one direction it may be time to do something about it
- Test your windows and doors. If you notice a few of your windows and doors are getting tougher to close, it can be a sign of foundation problems.
- Musty smells in the basement. The odor is usually mildew and can be due to leaking basement walls. This leakage can be caused by outside moisture seeping in through cracks in the foundation.
- Gaps between exterior windows and walls. These gaps can allow water and insects like termites into your home and cause structural damage.
- Look for nails popping out of drywall. Nail pops are small round cracks in your walls. These are an easy fix but if they occur frequently it could be the wall movement which is a sign of foundation issues.