Structural Damage To House – Learn The Signs!
You’ve probably heard about foundation problem signs and understand that they could be a sign that you have a structural problem. But what is structural damage to a house?
When your home has structural damage then the foundation is no longer able to support your home. In every structural damage case, your home is at risk for failure or collapse.
Structural Damage To House – The Interior Signs:
Signs of structural damage can include:
- Bowed Walls
- Gaps where your walls and floors meet
- Drywall cracks, especially around door frames
- Nail pops
- Cracked basement walls – horizontal, stair-step or vertical
- Uneven or bouncy floors
- Sticking windows or doors
- Cabinets that swing open (No, you probably don’t have a poltergeist. Your home may be uneven from the settlement.)
Structural Damage To House – The Exterior Signs:
- Stair-step cracks in brick or stonework
- Front porch or stairs pulling away from your home
- Gaps in your windows or door frames
- Cracked or leaning chimney
Of course foundation problem signs aren’t always dramatic like the photo above. Sometimes something small, like a series of drywall cracks, can be a sign that you have a much larger structural problem. And because houses settle over time, it’s very important for you to understand the signs and perform periodic foundation inspections.
Other key points to keep in mind are drainage and grading factors, which are either set up to keep water away from your foundation….or not. You always want to make sure your gutters are pointing away from your home, and that dips and slopes in your landscape aren’t a collection spot for rainwater – especially if you’re in an area with a high water table or have non-porous soils surrounding your foundation.
Unless you’re a structural engineer, the best way to find out if you truly have a foundation problem is to call a trusted expert.