All posts tagged Signs of a Failing Foundation
There are many signs of foundational issues that people tend to look over or completely ignore. Cracked paint that occurs on interior walls is a common sign of foundational damage, yet many people simply think that painting over them is a solution. They mistakenly believe that cracked paint is a cosmetic issue rather than a foundational issue. So how do you know when cracks are small issues or when they are a really big deal?
Home foundations are the most integral part of home construction and longevity. When there is an issue with a home’s foundation, the stability and safety of the home is compromised. At any sign of questionable issues with the foundation of a home, a professional opinion should be sought out.
Signs that cracks show foundation damage:
• Cracks bordering doors and windows.
• Prominent cracks from doors to ceilings.
• Cracks that form patterns (e.g. repeated intersecting cracks running from corners to the middle of the walls)
• Jagged, angled cracks running at a 45-degree angle
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Many people like the appeal of an older home – the charm, the character, and the history often draw buyers in. There are even certain “quirks” of older homes that people often adore. However, some of these quirks can actually negatively impact the home’s safety and value and should not be ignored. Sagging floors are one of the most common issues with older homes, and they are caused by sagging floor joists and sinking foundations. Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs can help restore the integrity of an older home so that it is a safe and foundationally solid structure.
Newly constructed homes have flat, level floors, and these floors are intended to remain flat. When sagging occurs, it is an indication that something has gone wrong. At Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs, our experienced contractors can level the floors of your older home and bring the necessary support back to your structure. Most older homes were constructed over a crawlspace, and this presents issues that most homes built on a solid basement do not have. There are many new standards in place today when constructing new homes that simply were not in place 40+ years ago. A lack of a solid foundation for the floor joists to rest upon was not fully understood, and, therefore, has contributed to many older homes having major settling problems and issues with sagging floors. Another common cause of sagging floors in older homes with a crawl space foundation is that the floor joists extend across the width of the house and are supported by a central beam. This central beam loses its support over time under the weight of the house structure, people, and furnishings.
Fortunately, most sagging floors can be restored so that a home is level and secure. Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs provides experienced foundation repair to restore sagging floors quickly and affordably. If a home has sagging floors that are caused by sinking foundation walls, we can permanently raise and stabilize the walls with steel piers. If the problem is caused by rotted or weakened support joists and posts, the home can be raised using hydraulic floor jacks to bring the floor to a level position. The joists can then be reinforced or replaced to create a structurally sound floor.
A sagging floor should not be ignored no matter how much character it adds to an older home. The integrity of your home is at stake, and costly and dangerous damage could occur at any time. Contact Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs in Atlanta for a free estimate of what it would cost to bring your sagging floors back to a solid position. We have the experience and expertise necessary to bring your older home back to its original life.
There are many times in life when we all want to ignore the obvious. Perhaps issues seem small as when you bump your knee on the corner of a table and your leg is sore for longer than expected. Or, perhaps you have noticed that the gums inside your mouth are more tender than they used to be. It is easy to ignore seemingly small issues regarding health or oral concerns, but what about concerns related to your home or business property?
Ignoring warning signs of any sort when it comes to the structural integrity of your home can always lead to huge financial burdens in the long run. It is important to be familiar with concerns regarding the structural integrity of your home or business property so that you will be able to identify concerns when and if they should arise. Below are common issues that should never be ignored:
- A leaky roof. While broken or missing shingles typically causes a leaky roof, ignoring this problem can lead to structural damage within the roof of your home. Structural damage in the attic that rots decking beams, and joints can cause your house to literally fall down upon you.
- Basement cracks. When you can see cracks in your basement there is a problem, but when water is seeing through these cracks, you have a serious issue that needs attention Yesterday. Poor drainage that allows water to pool around your house will cause the concrete walls of your basement to buckle and settle, compromising the integrity of your entire home.
- Garage damage. Damage to a garage may seem like it is not a big deal because it is not inside the home’s structure, but this is not true. Because a garage is attached to your home, it will compromise your home. Of course, if you have a freestanding garage, it has its own structural concerns. Very costly damage can occur to your expensive vehicles and to your home by ignoring any concerns with your garage.
- Chimney leaning or cracking. A chimney that is leaning or cracked can kill people or pets and can damage your home or any home that is in close proximity.
- Stair-stair cracks in brick. Cracks in the brick that follow a stair-step pattern indicate that structural concerns at dire. It is important to have these cracks looked at immediately.
- Cracks in walls or around windows/doors. Cracks that are seen inside a home along the walls, ceilings or around windows or doors indicate that there has been a significant amount of settling in a home. This amount of settling typically indicates that the structure of a home is unstable.
Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs has over 85 years of experience and know-how to provide customers with the highest standard in home foundation and business repair. Please contact us with any structural or foundation concerns that you have here in Georgia.
All buildings and homes will have wear and tear over time, showing their age and showing slight movement. It can be difficult to discern what is natural from what is damaging. Seasonal shrinkage and expansion due to hot and cold temperatures are considered natural, but when movement is a result of the ground settling below the home, serious foundation issues are a concern. If you have cracks in your ceiling and you are trying to determine if they are caused by age or are a sign of structural damage, it is time to call Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs.
The size of cracks in the ceiling are a huge indicator of how dangerous they are to a building’s structure. Spider web cracks are considered “normal” as a home settles over years. These cracks can run throughout the home on the ceiling, walls, floors, and grout joints. However, if these cracks are more than 1/16 inch wide, they are a sign of structural issues that must be dealt with.
Any crack that runs across the length of a ceiling and then continues down a wall along the same line is of great concern. A crack of this manner indicates structural damage that is typically related to a weak wall stud or something structural that has been jarred loose in the settling of a structure over time. This type of crack is always a pressing issue and should be addressed as soon as possible.
Any type of crack that is accompanied by a bow or “dip” in the ceiling is a sign of a very serious problem. The joists of a home are meant to hold up the weight of the entire structure and keep it level. However, if this support weakens, the ceiling will begin to sag as the weight puts pressure on the home or building. If you find any type of crack that is associated with sagging in the ceiling, it is imperative that you take immediate action in order to save your home or building.
Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs has the experience and expertise you need to correct structural damage to your home. We are a family owned and operated business that has been here in Atlanta for over 85 years providing exceptional foundation repair. Call us today with any of your structural concerns.
Just as with your health, finding issues and problems through early detection is the best way to treat problems and to prevent further, more severe, complications from occurring. Your home is probably the largest investment that you will ever make, so taking action early when major problems become apparent is the best way to secure your home. However, you must recognize the signs of an unstable foundation so that you can take action to repair it. Foundation problems will get worse over time, but catching signs of damage early on can save you a great deal of time and money.
There are often very specific warning signs that people may notice yet be unaware of what they are revealing about their home’s stability. Exterior warning signs of a foundational issue include:
- Brick Cracks – a “stair stepping” pattern near windows and doors or near the ground and corners indicate a sunken footing.
- Exterior Mildew – mildew growing on base of the exterior walls indicates that there is improper drainage around the foundation.
- Foundation Cracks – cracks and separation of patios, sidewalks, and exterior slabs as well as steps pulling away from a porch indicate unstable soil beneath the foundation.
- Cracked Flooring – cracked or broken tile indicates that there are cracks in the foundation beneath the flooring.
- Displaced Molding – gaps between the ceiling and the crown molding indicate that the home is shifting on the foundation and is unstable.
- Cracks in Interior Walls – cracks in Sheetrock or plaster (typically found above or below windows) indicate that walls may be sinking due to soil bearing failure.
- Fractured Basement Walls – soil pressure and/or movement of earth below the foundation cause horizontal cracks in the basement walls.
- Sticking Door and Windows – doors and windows that “stick” or are hard to open, or doors and windows that look crooked in their casing are indicators that the framing of the house is under stress.
None of these signs should be ignored because they can cost a great deal of time and money to repair if damage is allowed to progress. Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs has a lifetime of experience repairing foundational issues of homes. 85 years of experience has given us the reputation of exceptional service and outstanding results.