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Foundation Problem – How to identify one

A Common Question About A Foundation Problem

One of the most common questions I receive when I tell people that I work in the foundation repair industry is, “How do I know if I have a foundation problem?” This can be a very tricky question not just for the person asking the question who knows nothing about foundations, but also for a seasoned pro. The reason is that question is subjective to the person who owns the house, as a foundation problem can manifest themselves in structural and cosmetic ways. Now normally structural issues caused by the foundation problem is the result of years of neglect or a sudden catastrophe, more common than not it’s the cosmetic issues that start to get on the nerves of homeowners. Just because there is no structural damage occurring doesn’t mean the cosmetic issues aren’t a foundation problem. Also important is a small crack might be a huge deal to some homeowners, while something others can live with.

foundation problem sheet rock crack

What do you think? Is this something you can live with or something that drives you mad?

Back to my most common question. How I usually answer that question is simply, “Do you think you have a problem?” If they answer “yes,” then I follow up with “tell me why you think so.” What normally happens is they start speaking about things that annoy them around the house, that doesn’t seem right to them. “Cracks above door frames, doors that don’t close right in the summer, or weird sounds coming from the inside of the house.” Nine times out of 10, the problems that they described to me that I know can be the result of foundation movement usually are. After an inspection to verify there are no structural issues the conversation switches to maintenance related topics, but that’s for another day.

In my follow up post I’ll list out the common visible damages that can occur as the result of foundation problem, with examples to help you identify whether or not you have a foundation problem at your home.

Thanks for reading, if you believe that you have a foundation problem that needs to be addressed give us a call and we’ll come do a FREE foundation consultation to help determine what’s going on. If you believe that you have a more serious issue we always advise to have a structural engineer perform an inspection first.