4 Early Signs Of Foundation Problems

Posted on: 25 March 2019

Foundation problems can be quite detrimental to the structure of your home. Over time, a shifting foundation can cause your floors to lean, and water coming in through a crack in the foundation can lead to mold growth and mildew. If you know what to look for, however, you can detect foundation issues when they are minor — before things get too bad. Here are some early signs of foundation failure that you should be on the lookout for.

Increasing humidity.

It's not abnormal for a basement to be more humid than the rest of the home. However, if you feel that the humidity level in your basement has increased recently, this could be because your foundation has developed a minor leak. There may be several small cracks — enough to let in a little water, but not so much that you see a puddle. If you have a dehumidifier, you may notice that it has been pulling more water out of the air than usual.

Doors that won't latch.

Foundation shifts typically develop slowly, over time. Before you actually notice that a floor is non-level, you may notice that some of your doors no longer latch — or at least do not latch as easily as they once did. This occurs because one side of the door frame has sunk lower than the side with the latch.

Peeling paint.

This really only applies if your basement walls or floor are painted. You might see the paint start to bubble up or peel away in certain areas. This can be a sign that a small amount of moisture is seeping in behind the paint. You can always try scraping away the peeling paint and re-painting it. If the same thing happens again, you know you are dealing with a moisture problem.

Allergy symptoms.

There are many possible causes of allergy symptoms in the home. One, however, is the presence of moisture — and therefore mold — in your basement due to a leaking foundation. If you have ruled out other possible causes of allergies, like pets or mold growth in the bathroom, you may want to have your foundation examined for cracks and leaks. Small amounts of moisture can also attract bugs like cockroaches, which have allergy-causing proteins in their exoskeletons.

To learn more about the early signs of foundation failure, reach out to a foundation repair company in your local area.

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