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Signs of Structural Damage in a House

Structural damage is a very serious and expensive problem in its own right. The problem can range from fairly minor to catastrophic. If left unaddressed, your home may fail or collapse eventually. The sooner you identify the problem, the less likely it is to turn into a bigger problem and costly repair.

Calling an inspector is one of the best ways to tell whether or not your home has structural problem, but the signs are actually pretty easy to identify. You just need to do a little inspection on your own.

Here is a list of the 4 most common signs of foundation damage. Take note of these signs so as to keep small concerns from becoming big headaches.

Doors and windows won’t close properly

Test the doors and windows to see if they are opening and closing properly. Believe it or not, the seemingly small problem of sticking doors and windows may indicate that there is something wrong with your home. When your home’s foundation shifts, cracks or settles, you may notice that the doors and windows no longer open and close as they should. In some cases, you may also notice cracks around the doors or windows.

Uneven or sloping floors

Now, pay attention to your floors. Feel the floors under your feet as you walk. If you notice that your floor is sloped towards one direction, this could be a sign of an underlying structural problem.

Cracks in walls

Visible cracks in the walls can be a sign of foundation problems, but not all cracks point to foundation problems. Hairline cracks in concrete blocks, for instance, aren’t always a cause of concern. This is because concretes shrink slightly as it cures.  Horizontal crack lines, separation and gaping cracks might be signs that the issues are more severe.

Sloping

Some problems cannot be seen up close. Go outside, preferably across the street, and take a close look at your home – up, down and then side to side. Do the walls look straight? Is the roof straight? If you notice that the walls and roof are a bit slanted, then that is a clear indication of foundation problem. Oftentimes, this is caused by house settlement, wherein the soil in which your home was built can no longer support the weight of your home.

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