Top Five Signs of Foundation Problems

September 24, 2013 Melanie Chaney

[Updated February 25, 2021]

Out of sight, often out of mind—this is especially true when it comes to the foundation of your home. It’s something you don’t often think about until you notice telltale signs of foundation problems: cracks in walls, spaces between walls and doors or windows, and sloping floors. By the time these signs become visible, you may have some serious issues going on underneath your home.

What causes foundation problems? Typically, the expanding and contracting of the soil underneath the foundation can cause it to shift. This shifting results in what are often considered to be the top five signs of foundation problems:

A few cracks and other small issues don’t always mean that the foundation is in need of repair; so don’t panic if you notice a door that sticks or a window that squeaks. It might be solvable with a can of WD40! However, pay attention if you suspect there might be something bigger going on, especially if that squeaky door is combined with any of the other signs of foundation problems.

What if you find something?

If you do notice unusual changes, look around and take an assessment of your home. Pull up rugs to check for floor cracks that are smaller on one side than the other. If a door has been sticking, check for a gap at the top or bottom. Walk around and inspect all the walls for cracks. Again, it’s the cracks that run in jagged, diagonal patterns that you have to worry about, not those that are straight and even.

The same is true for exterior cracks. Stair-step and vertical cracks are often more indicative of a problem than horizontal cracks or cracks that are larger on one end. In two-story homes, foundation problems are often more evident on the exterior of the second story than the first, so make sure you inspect both stories carefully.

Next steps you can take

Recognizing the signs of foundation problems early can sometimes help you save money in the long run by catching the problem before it requires extensive and costly repairs. There are many cost-effective and relatively simple solutions available which not only can repair foundation problems but also restore the foundation to its original level.

If you have noticed any of these signs, let one of Baird Foundation Repair’s System Design Specialists assess the damage and determine what type of foundation repair is best suited to your foundation issue. Baird has offices in San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Houston, and Austin. Check out our service areas to see if we service your area.

For a free personalized quote, call or e-mail us today! We proudly serve San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Houston, Austin, and surrounding areas.

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