7 Warning Signs That Your Texas Property Has a Bad Foundation

7 Warning Signs That Your Texas Property Has a Bad Foundation

If you live in Texas, then you know that the soil here is especially prone to expanding and contracting. This can put a lot of stress on a foundation and cause it to fail. That’s why it’s important to be on the lookout for warning signs that your foundation is in trouble. 

Unfortunately, foundation problems are not always easy to spot. Foundation issues can sometimes be hidden from view or misdiagnosed as something else. Keep reading to learn about 7 warning signs that your Texas property has a bad foundation.

Cracks in your home’s exterior

Foundation cracks are one of the most common problems homeowners face. While some cracks are purely cosmetic and pose no structural threat, others can indicate serious foundation problems that need to be addressed immediately.

Foundation Cracks

Gaps around your doors or windows

The ever-changing Texas weather can confuse many homeowners. Gaps around doors and windows are often ignored because most homeowners are blaming it on humidity but this can be very alarming and can be a sign that your home has a bad foundation.

Sagging or uneven floors

Uneven Floors

Whether you're a homeowner or looking to buy a home, you should never ignore sagging or uneven floors. This can be a sign of grave problems that can cause foundation issues in the future.

Walls that are leaning or bowing

Excessive lateral pressure is one of the major causes of the leaning and bowing of the walls. These are often serious signs of foundation damage. Remember, that bowing of the walls doesn't happen overnight, so if you notice walls that are leaning and bowing, make sure to ask a professional.

Cracks in your interior walls

Interior Wall Cracks

While cracks in your interior walls can affect the overall aesthetic of your home, you may be worried about the overall health of your home. Some cracks can be a sign of foundation movement but it doesn't mean that there is foundation damage. However, if you notice that the cracks are up to 25mm, it can be a sign of serious structural damage. Contact a professional to check if your home has a bad foundation! Doing this early can save you tons of money.

Doors or windows that are hard to open or close

There are various reasons why your doors and windows are hard to open or close.

  • Self-inflicted damages - If someone plays too much with the doors and windows it can definitely affect them. 

  • Humidity level - The moisture in the air can cause difficulty in opening and closing your doors and windows. Wood is an organic material and, therefore, is more susceptible to moisture levels in the air than non-organic material. 

  • Foundation movement - Foundation movement is caused by changing soil conditions, hydrostatic pressure, structural instability of footers or piers, invasive tree roots, and poor exterior drainage management. If you suspect that there's movement on your foundation, call a professional and have your home inspection immediately.

A musty or earthy smell in your home

The musty and earthy smell of mold and mildew can be caused by excessive humidity. It can be a sign that there's severe water damage that can affect your home's foundation.

Uncertain About Your Foundation?

If you notice any of the foundation warning signs described in this article on your property, it's time to give Stonehouse Professional Services a call. Our experienced professionals will inspect your foundation and provide you with the best solution for your needs.

If you suspect that your home has a bad foundation do not hesitate to reach out! We will be happy to provide you with a free consultation and estimate.

Give us a call at 210-879-8521 if you have any questions, or book a free inspection online HERE.

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