As unwelcome as the prospect of foundation repair is, ignoring the warning signs won’t do you any good. In fact, failing to contact a professional if you suspect that you may be experiencing problems with your foundation is one of the least responsible things you can do. The longer you wait to take action, the more it’ll end up costing you in the long run. So, to protect your home and your wallet from a potential crisis, always be aware of these seven signs that indicate you need home foundation repair help right away:  

Interior Cracks

While cracks on porches or on the exterior of your home could indicate foundation trouble, cracks in the floor or on the walls of your basement are generally much more concerning. Horizontal or vertical, big or small, cracks on the inside of your home often indicate something isn’t right with your foundation.

Unstuck Doors & Windows

When a home’s foundation shifts, it can cause doors to become stuck or to come off their hinges. Similarly, you may also spot a gap developing between an exterior wall and a window. If you have trouble closing or opening windows, your foundation may be shifting.

Bowing Walls

Bowing or curved walls in your basement is never a good sign. Should one or more of your home’s walls begin to bow, it’s a strong signal that all is not well with your foundation.

Water Damage

Water can cause a myriad of home-masonry difficulties, from brick stains to foundation safety. As such, any homeowner that finds standing water in their basement or who lives in an area with high rainfall should constantly monitor the status of their foundation.  

Sagging or Uneven Floors

One quick way to tell if your home is starting to slant is to pour a glass of water out and watch its progress. Floors can become uneven over a long period of time and it’s possible for a homeowner to overlook this subtle change. Furthermore, sagging floors also suggest foundation issues –– especially on an exterior porch or within a crawl space.

Popped Nails

Sometimes minute movements within a home’s foundation will cause nails to pop from the drywall and leave a small indentation. While it’s relatively simple to pound them back into place, doing so won’t alleviate major structural damage. Watch out for this hidden housing problem.

Leaning Fixtures

Eventually, when a foundation is no longer stable, fixtures within the house like walls or chimney may begin to lean or “pull away” from the rest of the structure. At this point, substantial foundation repairs will be required and letting the building deteriorate any further could lead to collapse. Make sure to keep an eye out for the other warning signs, but if your walls are “leaning” in any fashion, enlist the help of a professional immediately.

The Bottom Line

The bad news is, foundation trouble won’t go away on its own. Fortunately, you don’t have to tackle this issue all by yourself. If you need foundation repair assistance, don’t hesitate to make a call. Contact the Brickworks team today for help. We have years of experience in home masonry, and we’ll work with you to find the best, most cost-effective solution available. Call us here at (586) 330-4920.