Signs and Symptoms
What To Look For
The key to resolving your home’s foundation issues is knowing how to identify the damage before it becomes too advanced or costly.
Pronounced floor slopes can be an indication of a structural problem that needs attention.
Uneven or sloping floor
When you see a gap between your floor and interior walls, it typically means that the floors are moving downward while the walls struggle to maintain their connection with the ceiling framing.
Floor & Ceiling Gaps
Interior wall cracks typically appear where walls are weakest – near doors and windows.
Cracks in interior wall
If your floors sag or are “bouncy”, it’s likely there is an issue in your crawlspace.
Sagging floors over a crawl space
When a floor sinks, openings become out of square, causing windows and doors to jam.
Hard to open windows & doors
One of the most visible and dramatic signs of foundation settlement is a chimney separating from the house.
Water-saturated soil can sometimes exert enough pressure to cause foundation walls to bow, bulge or tilt.
Inward bowing walls
When a foundation settles, it often does so unevenly which can result in stair step cracking.
Cracks in exterior walls
Shift and expansion of concrete streets and unpredictable movement cause cracking in the driveway.