Warning Signs of Foundation Issues
1. Exterior Cracks
Fine, small cracks in the exterior walls or on the steps are usually nothing to worry about. Exterior cracks that are large and have a zig-zag pattern may be a sign that there’s something wrong with the foundation. Brick cracks or bricks that are protruding from the wall should be checked.
2. Interior Sheetrock Cracks
The homeowner should suspect a problem when the interior sheetrock cracks are zig-zagging and run nearly the height of the wall. They should also call in a contractor if the wallpaper is pulling away from the wall and if there are cracks at the junction of the wall and the ceiling.
3. Doors Out of Square and Uneven Floors
Very few homes are plumb after a few years of settling, but a door that is really out of square and has cracks in the wall above it should be looked at. Lots of owners of otherwise sound houses have such uneven floors that if they spill some water on the floor it rolls in one direction. A homeowner should be worried if the gradient of the floor is more than one or two inches every 15 feet.
4. Tile Cracks
Though tiles fired at high temperatures are quite hard, they’re also brittle. Many things can cause tile cracks. If there are too many tile cracks in the kitchen, bathroom, or wherever they are, this might be a sign of foundation trouble.
5. Door Frame/Window Frame Separation from Brick
A window or door frame that’s pulling away from the brick wall is a serious sign that the foundation is in trouble.
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