What is Foundation Failure?
We define ‘foundation failure’ to be when you notice one of the following:
- Non-Functioning Windows and/or Doors
- Plumbing Damage or Disturbance
- Serious and Continuous Damage to the Framing
- Structure Risk
Typically, you’re going to notice any cosmetic damage right away when it appears on the interior or exterior walls. This doesn’t mean that there is structural damage as well necessarily. However, we have come across instances where the foundation shifted slightly and caused more damage than originally thought. The following are more serious signs of a moving or shifting foundation.
Non-Functioning Windows and/or Doors
A big giveaway to existing structural damage is if your windows or doors aren’t working correctly. If you cannot open your primary main door (front or back) or the windows are sticking, there is a good chance your foundation has shifted. These doors and windows then become non-functional, causing you to lose an important feature of your home.
Plumbing Damage or Disturbance
Newer homes are less likely to have plumbing damage as the pipes are made of PVC which provides more flexibility than pipes used in older homes. Older homes consist of iron or concrete pipes that don’t flex so easily. Should the soil underneath your home start to expand or contract it could definitely damage your pipes, creating a slab leak under your home. This should be taken care of immediately to prevent more damage to your foundation and more movement of the soil.
Serious and Continuous Damage to the Frame
If your home has brick exterior and it is starting to separate from the home or window framing, it needs to be handled right away. When the ground under your home shifts, it causes issues in many areas, including the uppermost part of your home. The rafters, roof joints and ridges can start to show signs of damage so it’s important that you have a professional fix these issues right away to avoid further damage and repair costs.
Surprisingly, many foundation problems won’t interfere with your structure’s integrity but there are times when this can occur. For instance if a chimney has broken and crumbled to the ground, it’s likely taken some of your home’s wall and framing as well. This can cause the roof to split if the foundation movement is serious. In addition, the framing of your home can start to sag.
If you’re noticing any of these signs of foundation failure it’s important that you contact an expert like Eden Structural Solutions immediately to address the situation.