5 SIGNS OF STRUCTURAL DAMAGE:
Whether buying a new home or noticing something abnormal in your existing house, looking for signs of structural damage is essential.
Things that may look like minor problems can quickly turn into significant, potentially dangerous issues that can put your life at risk and cost a lot of money. This list will show you what you should look for to ensure your house has no structural damage.
Here are 5 Things You Should Look Out For:
1. Cracks or Bulging on Walls and Ceiling
Not every wall or ceiling crack indicates structural damage, but you should keep an eye on them. Over time, small cracks can evolve into something more problematic. Large cracks paired with a sagging ceiling or cracks above doorways in a step pattern are a sign there is, in fact, a more severe problem.
2. Soil Pulling Away from House Walls
Soil expands and shrinks throughout the seasons. If soil pulls significantly away from the house (check the patio, porch, and deck areas), the home’s foundation isn’t laid correctly.
3. Cracks in Chimney
It is easiest to spot cracks in the mortar and in the bricks of your chimney from outside your home. Like other exterior walls, cracks in your chimney indicate that your home is shifting and placing excessive pressure on the bricks.
4. Uneven Gaps on Windows and Doors
Walls with windows and doors are more vulnerable to pressure because of the holes cut into them. Frequently, areas around windows and doors will show signs of structural damage before any other areas of your walls:
Uneven gaps around doors.
Doors and windows won’t open or close smoothly.
Doors and windows won’t lock properly.
Doors and windows are separated from the wall.
Doors won’t stay closed.
5. Sagging, Sloping, or Cracking of Floors
Shifts in your home’s foundation will be apparent when inspecting your flooring for sagging, sloping, or cracking. The greater the movement, the more likely your floors will show signs of structural imperfections.