5 Early Warning Signs of Foundation Failure

Foundation problems can be be expensive, and if left untreated, lead to home damage and costly repairs that could have been avoided. The best way to prevent damage from unsure or shifting foundations is to catch the problem early. If you’re worried about cost, look no further. Sure Safe offers foundation repair solutions that cost one third the industry standard.

Many signs of foundation problems can be spotted in and around the home. Here are 5 early warning signs to help spot an unsure foundation.


1. Cracked, crumbling or compromised foundations

Start by checking the foundation itself. Walk the inside and outside walls of the property and check for signs of:

  • Fractures or cracks

  • Crumbling or flaking concrete

  • Moisture or pools of water

  • Sagging floors or walls

  • Gaps


2. Shifting soil and water damage

Shifting soil is a common cause of foundation problems. Natural movement of soil can put immense pressure on a foundation not created specifically for its conditions. That’s why Sure Safe builds foundations tailored to soil conditions.

Soil will often shift in uneven or graded zones, or because of water damage. If you live on a high grade, keep an eye out for shifting soil. Also check your home premises for damp or wet areas that should be dry. It may indicate a water leak that could lead to foundation damage.


3. Gaps in walls or the foundation

Keep an eye out for gaps in places where the walls, floor, or ceiling should meet flush. These gaps can also often appear on the outside of a home, and can indicate shifting soil or foundations.


4. Drooping floors or warped ceilings

Although some settling is normal, excessive drooping of the floor, walls, or ceilings can be a sign of foundation problems. These often result in:

  • Cracks in the walls

  • Warped or shifted areas

  • Water damage


5. Doors or windows that don’t fit

When doors or windows begin to fit too tight or loose, it may be a sign of foundation issues. If you can’t fit a door or window to its hinge snugly, there may be an issue. These issues can even affect garage doors, vents, and other wall fittings.

If you have experienced any of these issues in your home, Sure Safe can help. Contact us for a free quote. Sure Safe’s professionals will inspect your property and help you get peace of mind.


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