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Is Your Home Experiencing Foundation Issues?

Early detection of foundation problems can save you both time and money while protecting your home’s structural integrity. At American Standard Foundation Repair, we understand the significance of recognizing these signs before they escalate into more severe issues. Here are some of the most common indicators that your home may be experiencing foundation problems:

 Cracks in Walls and Floors

  • Cracks in Floors: Any cracks in your basement or slab floors may suggest foundation movement. Cracks which grow wider over time indicate continued movement and should be evaluated by a foundation repair specialist.
  • Horizontal, Vertical and Diagonal, or Stair-stepping Cracks: Small, vertical, or horizontal cracks are sometimes normal settlement or indications of temperature or moisture differences. These cracks should be evaluated to determine the cause. Diagonal cracks or cracks that stair-step through the mortar of exterior bricks are always an indication of foundation settlement. These cracks have the potential for turning into a costly repair, so catch these early and call American Standard Foundation Repair for a plan to prevent further damage.

Doors and Window Misalignment

  •  If you’re having trouble opening or closing windows or doors and notice uneven gaps around the frames, it could be a sign that the foundation has shifted.

Uneven or Sagging Floors

  • If you notice that some regions of your floors are sagging or sloping, your foundation has likely been compromised.

Leaning or Bowing Walls

  • Foundation problems can be identified by walls that lean or bow inward, particularly in the basement. As discussed above, most horizontal cracks are not foundation related, with the exception of basement walls. A horizontal crack in the basement wall indicates bowing usually caused by excessive hydrostatic pressure on the exterior side of the wall. This must be remediated to prevent further damage.

Sticking Doors or Windows

  •  If you notice that your doors or windows are suddenly jamming or getting stuck, it may be due to foundation shifting.

Gaps Around Exterior Windows and Doors

  • Noticeable separations or spaces between the exterior walls and windows and door frames suggest foundation movement has occurred.

Cracks in Exterior Siding or Bricks

  • Gaps or cracks in exterior siding or bricks may indicate foundation shifting and potential damage to the structure.

Pooling Water Near Foundation

  • Water accumulation near the foundation, especially after rain, can lead to soil erosion or a decrease in the amount of weight that the soil under the foundation can sustain. This causes a settlement in the foundation.

Separation of the Chimney from the House

  •  If the chimney begins to pull away from your house or shows signs of leaning, it can indicate foundation movement.

Cracks in Concrete Slabs

  • Cracks in concrete slabs, such as sidewalks or driveways, can indicate soil movement underneath, which affects the foundation.

Visible Mildew or Mold Growth

  • Excess moisture caused by foundation issues can lead to mold, mildew, or fungal growth. This is especially true in areas such as crawl spaces or basements. Mold and mildew can affect the air quality of the home, while fungal growth can rot wood and cause foundation movement.

Uneven Exterior Ground

  • Visible changes in the ground level surrounding your home, such as mounds or dips, may suggest foundation settlement.

If you observe any of these signs in your home, it is crucial to deal with them promptly by contacting American Standard Foundation Repair. Early identification and repair can prevent further damage and ensure the safety and stability of your property. At American Standard Foundation Repair, we offer comprehensive inspections and professional solutions customized to your foundation requirements.

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