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How To Check If Your Home’s Foundations Need Repairing

I don’t know anything about my house. I say that – I know where it is, and how it looks. I don’t know anything about the structure of my house. It has four walls and a roof. To me, that’s excellent. That’s all I need. Anything else would be unnecessary. If I ever met the people who built my house, I’d say to them, “Well done. You appear to have done a good job.”

A proper person – the opposite of someone like me – wouldn’t think in such limited terms. They’d know that any house isn’t always all that meets the eye. The most important part of any home is the foundations. Any mistake made in the foundations will only get worse as builders add more levels to the house. Pretty soon, a major fault is lurking, undetected, in the structure of your home.

There are plenty of signs that show an issue with the foundations in your home. Here are just some of them. If you spot any of these signs, contact your local foundations repair team. If you’re uncomfortable checking yourself, you can book an inspection from any good contractor. The Foundation Repair Houston website would be a good place to start. Professionals aside, here are those tell-tale signs that should get you thinking about repairs.

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Cracks and bulges

You should keep an eye on your walls for cracks and bulges. Small cracks are quite normal in most homes. What you need to look out for are large cracks that appear to be growing larger. The same is true of bulges in the walls. These are signs that the foundations are shifting in a way that could cause much greater damage.

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Sloping doors and windows

These are the most obvious signs of foundation problems. Windows and doors should be straight, and the people who designed your house will have made sure that they were straight. If they’re not straight, the foundations of your home may be shifting. Movement in your doors and windows can show movement elsewhere. If a door or window becomes harder to open or close, that may be another sign of damage in the foundations. These signs can be slight, but you need to be aware of what they can mean.

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Wonky flooring

If your floor starts to slope, there’s a chance that your foundations may be the cause. It can be difficult to spot a sloping floor. Keep an eye out for objects on shelves. If they’ve moved or even fallen over, your floor may be moving too. Use round objects to check if the floor is sloping. Drop a marble onto a (non-carpeted) floor to check for any slope.

These signs are small. The effects of broken foundations are not small in the slightest. If you’re aware of the effects of poor foundations, you can get the cause fixed fast. As soon as you spot an issue, call the professionals. The average cost of foundations repair is several thousand dollars. If you catch the damage early, you stand a good chance of reducing your eventual bill.

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