Problems with your foundation can lead to other potential home repairs, so it’s important to get them fixed as soon as possible. Fortunately, there are a few easy ways to tell that your foundation is in need of repair. Here are four signs that you need foundation repairs.
Uneven or Cracked Windows and Doors
Hairline cracks on windows can be a sign that the foundation beneath your home is shifting. Monitor the cracks to see if they widen, which means that the foundation is shifting. Also, check to make sure that windows and doors open and close properly. Uneven windows and doors that do not fit squarely, or doors that stick or malfunction, indicate the foundation needs to be repaired. You can further assess the severity of the foundation shift by measuring the gap between the top of the door and the frame.
Cracks in the Concrete
Cracks in the exposed concrete at the base of your home could signal a problem with the foundation. Smaller cracks may indicate a non-structural problem, while deep, vertical cracks indicate potential structural issues. If you are unsure about the severity of these cracks, contact a foundation repair specialist to assess the situation.
Mildew growing on the outside of your house near the bottom of the walls may indicate a drainage problem. If there is standing water around your home or water is not properly absorbing into the soil, there may be an issue with the foundation.
Tile that is broken or cracked suggests that the foundation beneath the flooring may also be cracked. Tile that is loose or hollow-sounding may mean that the foundation beneath has dipped downward, creating an uneven surface for your home. Contact a foundation repair specialist before it is too late.
If you live in the greater Chicagoland area and think your home may be in need of foundation repairs, contact The Real Seal. We offer lifetime guarantees on most of our work and are happy to address all your basement waterproofing needs. Call or fill out a “Schedule an Estimate” form and we will come right to you and help you solve your problems.