Stuck, hard-to-open windows and doors can be pain to live with. They can be a sign that the doors and windows have warped due to moisture, perhaps indicating that you have an issue with basement waterproofing.
But more seriously, windows and doors – which may be stuck in place, or swing open after being shut, or have gaps at the top and bottom – can be a sign of foundation problems. House settlement may have caused foundation damage.
Before you start spending hard-earned cash to replace your doors or window frames, you should get a free home inspection done by a foundation repairs professional from Edens Structural Solutions to help determine if your foundation needs to be repaired or if you have a moisture problem.
Why Do Windows and Doors Get Stuck?
The earth around your house expands when it is wet and shrinks when it dries. This pushing and pulling against your foundation can cause it to sink or lean, creating structural issues that only become bigger and more expensive to repair the longer they are ignored.
As foundations and slabs crack due to soil settlement, the wood framing supported above is more likely to bend or twist. (You can also get uneven floors, drywall cracks, and even gaps between the walls and floors.) With this pressure from below, openings for doors and windows can become skewed, making the door and windows hard to open.
What’s the Solution for Foundation Damage?
To get your doors and windows to close properly again is often a matter of properly repairing your foundation. At Edens Structural Solutions, we have a selection of underpinning solutions to address the issue, giving your home’s foundation greater stability and leveling it. Two different types of foundation piers are available to address the issue of foundation settlement: push piers and helical piers.
These solutions involve installing support piers under your foundation, which are driven into stable soil or bedrock. Not only do these invisible repairs prevent further settling, they can even permit us to jack the foundation to its original position. Once done, cracks in the wall will often close; doors and windows will shut normally; and further settlement damage can be prevented.
For a free foundation repair consultation, contact the professionals at Edens Structural Solutions, offering slab and foundation repair services in Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas. We can help get your doors and windows opening and closing easily again.