Few things are as frightening to a homeowner as the prospect of foundation damage. While foundation issues can be serious and costly, it doesn’t mean they should be ignored. Recognizing early signs of foundation damage can help you prevent more serious issues that cost tens of thousands of dollars to repair. Some signs of foundation damage are obvious, such as a large crack in the wall or a wet crawlspace after rain. Other signs are subtle, such as high indoor humidity. The trusted San Diego home insurance providers at American Tri-Star have put together a list of a few things that may indicate your home’s foundation is damaged.
Windows and Doors That Stick
One of the most apparent indoor signs that indicate foundation issues is windows or doors that are hard to open or don’t latch shut properly. Windows can even develop cracks in the glass. As the foundation settles or shifts, you may notice issues like crooked doors and stuck windows, although these issues can also be caused by moisture problems in the crawlspace.
Uneven, Sagging Floors
If you have foundation damage, you will probably notice issues with your flooring such as warping, sagging, or uneven areas. If you have tile flooring, you may see cracks in the tile. All of these signs are directly related to foundation issues like shifting, improper foundation waterproofing, and water seepage.
Bowed or Cracked Walls or Foundation
Not all cracks in the walls or foundation are signs of serious damage. Thin cracks can occur as the house settles. If you see cracks larger than 1/4″ or cracks that extend from the floor to the ceiling, it may indicate bigger foundation issues. A clear sign of foundation damage is a jagged crack that runs at a 45-degree angle rather than fine cracking. Your interior walls may not crack. Instead, they may bow. These issues can be fixed, but you should wait until you determine if they’re caused by poor drainage, hydrostatic pressure, or soil movement under your foundation.
Weak Spots in the Foundation
If you have a poured perimeter foundation, check for flaking and chipping. You can poke the foundation in a few areas with a screwdriver to test for weak spots. The concrete foundation should be hard enough that it can’t be damaged with a screwdriver. If pieces break off or chip, your concrete foundation may be deteriorating.
Damage to the Top Story
It’s common to assume that foundation damage will be most obvious close to the ground, but the top of the home is where the most noticeable damage will occur with a compromised foundation. Inspect the top of your home for cracks above window frames. If you have stucco or brick, you may see stair-stepping cracks in the brick veneer. With stucco, cracks and crumbling can be caused by factors other than foundation damage, but it’s still cause for concern.
In some instances, a home insurance policy may cover foundation repairs. Get in touch with American Tri-Star to see if you have the coverage you need. We also provide reliable and cheap San Diego car insurance. Give one of our friendly agents a call today at 619-272-2100 for a free quote.