3 Indicators of Structural Issues in a Home

If you’ve noticed that your home has started to slope in one direction or another, it may be time to have the foundation checked. Problems in the foundation of a home can lead to a whole host of issues down the line. Check out the tips below to help you identify potential foundation issues.

1. Cracks

All structures shift over time due to many conditions such as weather and the expanding and contracting of the Earth. If a home shifts too much, a gap in the foundation can be created. In new construction houses, it is acceptable for the foundation to sink and develop small cracks in the first few years after being built. Horizontal cracks in brick or concrete sometimes indicate settling beyond what is expected. In some cases, gaps as small as one-quarter of an inch can be cause for concern. Speak with an FEI engineer Tulsa to help you address foundation concerns.

2. Sinking

If you think a part of your home feels as though it is lower than it should be, this could be due to a sinking foundation. Have a professional check out the area you are concerned about quickly to prevent further damage. If a problem is identified, you may need to have the foundation of your home lifted. This can require interior or exterior foundation piers. When left unattended, homes can settle as much as four inches deeper into the ground. 

3. Upheaval

Foundation upheaval occurs when part of a home’s ground or flooring has sloped in an upward direction. The most common cause of this is moisture. Plumbing problems and poor outdoor drainage could result in trapped moisture beneath the concrete slab of your home. 

If you have noticed ever-growing cracks in your walls or that your house has started to slope, you could have a foundation issue. Address the problem quickly so that it doesn’t worsen.