Common Signs Your Concrete Foundation Needs Repair

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A problem with your foundation can cause further problems throughout the home. Since the entire home rests on the concrete foundation, it is important to pay attention to any of these warning signs. The sooner you repair the slab, the less expensive it is to fix it.

Settling

One ordinary sign of foundation issues is the home settling. For example, one side higher than the other can indicate there is settling or sinking. Inside, you may notice vertical gaps. Often, settling happens as the home ages. This is one of the most common slab repairs performed. Typically, the company puts piers into the slab on the inside or outside.

Cracks

Another super common warning sign of foundation issues is noticeable cracks. These may be in the foundation itself or the walls and floor. Brick exteriors may show gaps. A broken chimney may indicate an issue with the foundation. As the foundation shifts, gaps can form. Any settling over 1/16” can create big problems for the home and indicate more serious settling. Homeowners should expect some hairline fissures in the first couple of years of the original build. However, large horizontal floor cracks may indicate increased pressure along the exterior perimeter.

Doors

While your exterior doors may stick slightly when the humidity is high, they generally should open and shut easily. Interior doors shouldn’t automatically remain open unless fully closed. Closed doors shouldn’t be difficult to open. Sticky or improperly closing and opening doors can indicate a foundation issue.

Floors

In addition to cracks, floors that are uneven or sag can indicate a foundational issue. Concrete slabs tend to cause uneven floors over sagging issues. Not only can you have a foundation issue, but elderly people and small children can stumble and trip over the uneven surface. A moving foundation presents a variety of hazards that should be fixed as soon as possible.

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