Your house may be the biggest investment you’ll ever make. That’s why you’ll want to pay close attention to any signs of damage before small problems become big problems.

One area of the house that is especially vulnerable to damage is the foundation and small problems that arise can lead to expensive repairs down the road. Here are some things you should look out for to make sure you catch foundation problems early on.

  • Cracks and Fractures
  • Foundation Settling or Sinking
  • Foundation Upheaval
  • Damp Crawl Space in a Pier and Beam House
  • Counters and Cabinets Separating from Walls

Cracks and Fractures: As the foundation of your house moves, the structure will develop cracks. Having some amount of cracking is normal and could occur within the first few years after your house was built. However, gaps that measure more than ¼” thick and are horizontal in nature are more serious. They could indicate that your house’s foundation is under a lot of pressure.

Foundation Settling or Sinking: Over time, you may find that your house is beginning to sink on one side or even in the center. This could be a sign that your foundation is damaged. Interior or exterior foundation piers can be installed to prevent further damage from occurring.

Foundation Upheaval: It is not unusual for foundations to sink or settle over time, but foundation upheaval is another common problem.  This is the opposite of foundation settling and it occurs when your foundation moves in an upward direction.

Foundation upheaval can be caused by soil expanding and contracting and excess moisture under the house. If this is the case, it is best to treat the problem at its source. Slab foundation repair may also be necessary.

Damp Crawl Space in a Pier and Beam House: If the crawl space in your home is damp, it may be a sign that moisture is getting in through cracks in your foundation. Here too, it is best to find the source of the moisture and treat it directly. A polyethylene vapor barrier may also be installed to keep water from evaporating from the soil and making the crawl space damp.

Counters and Cabinets Separating from the Wall: This is a problem that may be barely noticeable at first, but it will worsen over time. If you notice your counters and cabinets separating from the wall, it is best to call in an expert to find out if this is a sign of foundation damage.

If the foundation of your home is damaged, it can result in costly repairs. If you start seeing signs of damage, call us first. We will assess the damage and make all necessary repairs to ensure your house is well maintained for years to come and remains a great investment for you and your family.