Foundation Repair Specialist
As the dirt around a home settles, signs that the foundation will need to be repaired becomes evident. Some of the most common ways that foundation settlement can become visible to the homeowner are when steps start to crack, chimneys appear to be tipping, doors or windows get damaged, or floors and walls crack. At ARK Basement Services, we are here for all your basement structural repair and much more!
Stair-step cracking is one of the most apparent signs of a foundation settling and is very common in brick in concrete block walls. As the settlement continues, vertical cracks may widen or become uneven as wall sections tilt away from each other, indicating a more severe displacement.
Keep an eye out for cracks that are wider at the top than at the bottom, which is a sign of advancing settlement.
A chimney that is separating from a house is one of the most intimidating and obvious signs of a settling foundation. Sometimes a chimney is even built as a separate structure from the house, making it even more at risk of settlement.
Damaged Doors & Windows
An opening in any wall is a weak point, so signs of foundation settlement often show up around door and window openings. For example, a few warning signs that there is damage to a door or window because of foundation settlement are:
- The door/window frame is no longer square
- Cracks are extending from the corners above doors and windows
- Doors are separating from the framing or exterior finish
- Doors sticking
- Jamming doors and windows
- Locks stop working
Slab Floor Cracking
Although cracks in your concrete floor slab can be a sign of foundation settlement, it may also be a sign that the slab floor has settled. There are instances when your slab floor may sink or lift independently of the foundation walls, damaging the floors but not the walls.
Cracks in drywall throughout the house are reliable indicators of foundation settlement. Foundation cracks will often be larger and more evident in the home’s upper levels.
Typical drywall cracks are most likely located at the corners of doors and windows and along drywall seams. Drywall tape can be a good indicator of this, especially if the tape is ripping or coming loose. Drywall cracks can also be a sign of sinking crawl space supports sinking.
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