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7 Common Signs of Foundation Problems You Need To Know

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Repairing foundation issues can be expensive. It can cost about 5k USD, depending on the severity of the problem. If left untreated, minor cracks could lead to structural issues that will be extremely expensive to repair. Knowing the signs of foundation damage can save you thousands of dollars in repairs and replacements. Watch out for the signs below and contact a professional immediately for a thorough inspection of your home.

Musty Basement Smells

The odor coming from your basement is mildew. This could be due to plumbing-related issues or outside moisture. One of the major culprits for basement problems is the blocked gutters. Clean your gutters and check your basement again. If you are still having problems, it’s time to call a professional so they can thoroughly check for foundation problems. 

Door Problems

If your doors are not opening and closing properly, it could be a sign of a foundation problem. Interior doors may drag to the top while exterior doors will tend to appear uneven. Do not attempt to DIY your door as the problem could be the foundation. The best thing you can do is to call your contractor so they can check the doors. With a close examination, they should be able to tell you what the problem is and can resolve that for you.

Uneven Floors

When the foundation problems affect beam and pier foundations, you may notice the floor either squeak or sage. They are not only unsightly, uneven floors can be dangerous for the physically impaired and the elderly. If this isn’t remedied, the problem will get worse. To avoid dangers, call your contractor immediately. 

Cabinets are Detached From the Wall

Cabinets or counters that are separated from your wall could be a sign of a foundation problem. Do not wait for the gap to get bigger, or you will have a costly problem. Get help right immediately. 

Chimney Problems

Periodically check for your chimneys and make sure they do not shift or move. If they are not resolved, it’s possible for your chimney to collapse, and this could pose a major problem to your property. Get it repaired as soon as possible to avoid costly repairs.

Gaps in Windows and Walls

Watch out for gaps between your façade and windows or front doors as that could mean there is a foundation problem. It may even be worse when termites or insects will begin to reside in your walls. The gaps could also appear in your window frames or exterior doors. Some doors could even become impaired. Call a professional immediately for a proper inspection and repair.

Wall and Floor Cracks

Some cracks do not really pose a problem. However, if you see a crack that is leaking water or more than one-eighth inches wide, this could be a sign of a foundation problem. Get help right away to not alleviate the problem. 

Early Detection is the Key

Home emergencies and costly repairs can be avoided when the problem is detected and repaired as soon as possible. Contact Advanced Construction Services asap so we can thoroughly inspect your home and do repairs as needed. 

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