4 Signs You Need a Home Foundation Inspection
Whether you are selling your home or settling into your 15th year as a homeowner, it is important to have a home foundation inspection. Know the signs that your home needs a professional inspection with this short guide to DIY foundation inspections.
1. Walk the Exterior Perimeter of your Home
To start, head outside. Go to a corner of the home. Site down your home’s exterior walls. Specifically seek to discover areas on your walls that bulge. Bulging can indicate that there is an uneven load on the foundation. Foundation walls should be even—not bulging.
Another thing to spot when inspecting your home’s perimeter is large cracks in your concrete. Standing water causes soil around your home to shift. It also creates risk for uneven slab movement.
But how you do you know what a major crack in the foundation is? Cracks less than ¼ of an inch are not detrimental to your home’s foundation. Keep your eyes peeled for any cracks greater than ¼ of an inch. This may indicate a foundation problem.
If you want to test the seriousness of the crack, apply waterproof paint over the crack. As time goes by, check to see if the paint cracks or chips. If this happens, it can be an indication the foundation is moving or that the crack is growing and will require a professional home foundation inspection.
2. Sloping Floors
As a homeowner, it can be difficult to notice things like sloping floors.
By doing a quick ball test, you can get a reasonable idea of how level your foundation is. Simply place a ball on the floor. If it rolls across the room, it is likely your foundation slopes and needs an inspection. If it doesn’t roll, then you’re probably in the clear.
3. Sticking Windows/Doors
Oftentimes, before your walls or floors show symptoms of problems, your windows and doors will be early indicators of a problem. Nothing is more annoying than having doors that won’t close or windows that stick. More than that, these somewhat innocent irritations are often signs of a serious foundation problem.
Your doors should open and close smoothly. If they stick, then you may need foundation repairs. If your windows stick and warp, it is another sign that you might have some foundational sloping issues with need of an inspection.
4. Foundation Cracks
One of the most obvious signs that your home is in need of a home foundation inspection is cracking. When your walls and ceiling crack, the odds are high that your foundation is moving.
But how can you tell when a crack is major or minor? When you have cracks in your sheetrock or brick, this is an issue. However, some cracks are common and not necessarily a cause for panic. If you notice cracks that are about 1/8” or larger, it’s time to be concerned. However, a few hairline cracks aren’t going to be the end of the world.
We hope you have found this article on foundation warning signs helpful. If you are noticing symptoms that your home is in need of repair, give Arch Foundation Repair a call at 214-467-9700 or contact us.