Home Foundation Problems

Home Foundation Problems

January 29, 2016

Many New Jersey homeowners find themselves dealing with the issue of vertical and horizontal cracks in the foundation walls of the house. Sometimes, these cracks and separations are not structurally significant. In other words, they are merely cosmetic and can be remedied with hydro cement. However, a qualified expert should evaluate the existence of any crack in a foundation wall or slab to determine the structural significance, if any. But it is important not to delay the analysis; a structural failure, (any horizontal crack in a foundation wall longer than 3 feet) may demand immediate attention! And there are some warning signs to take heed of that point to more dramatic changes.

If you think you may be dealing with issues in your home’s foundation, here are a few things to keep a close eye on:

  • Water enters the basement during storms or snow melts.
  • Doors Begin to Jam or Latch: This is an issue that perplexes many homeowners. You’ve got a door that has historically been easy to open/close, but all of a sudden, you find it jamming up on a regular basis. It could point to problems with your home’s foundation.
  • Cracks Appear in Walls: Small foundation cracks are not unlikely to appear in brand new or older homes, but once you start seeing a noticeable problem in this regard, it may be the case that you’re dealing with something bigger. On the first and second floors, Look for cracks that appear over doorways and windows, as well as areas where your walls meet the ceiling.
  • Cracks Appear in Tile: Many concrete floors are covered over with ceramic or vinyl tiling, which can be both functional and attractive. If the foundation begins to shift, however, this tiling can start to crack and show signs of wear.
  • Windows No Longer Open/Shut Smoothly: As with doors that begin to jam, windows that once moved smoothly and can no longer be opened/closed without a significant amount of effort often point to foundation problems that must be addressed.
  • REMEMBER, having a qualified expert from BLUE PLANET inspect your home for structural defects is always performed expediently at no cost to you.

Check Your Home’s Structural Components

Foundation issues should always be addressed by a home performance professional. Also, take a moment to look for signs of moisture, puddles or dampness or a musty odor. None of these conditions should ever be present. Signs of moisture indicate that you have a potential drainage problem that could wreak havoc on the structural integrity of your home, as well as create issues with mold and mildew.

If you think there might be something going on with the foundation of your home, the best course of action is to address these problems head-on, and Blue Planet is here to help. Contact us today to learn more and to schedule an appointment.