Homeowner Guide

Five Signs You May Need Foundation Repairs

Wondering if you need foundation repair? Between the state’s shifting weather and clay soil, foundation problems are always a danger in Texas homes. These issues range from minor cracks to major structural issues and may cost a high price. However, repairing foundation issues preserves your home’s eventual resale value.

Here are five signs you need to undertake the investment and fix your home’s foundation.

  1. Diagonal Cracks Inside Your Home

Usually found at the corners of doorframes or windows, diagonal cracks are an obvious sign your foundation is shifting. It’s important to note that horizontal cracks do not necessarily indicate foundation problems. These cracks can naturally occur along seams in older homes. 

  1. Walls Separating from Cabinets

As the foundation moves, it forces walls away from cabinetry. If this happens, you’ll see gaps between your cabinets and walls when you look at them from the side. A similar sign is your kitchen backsplash separating from the countertops. 

  1. Brick Separations

Outside your home, the bricks tell you about the foundation’s integrity. A moving foundation causes cracks along exterior brick in a “stairstep” pattern. It also causes bricks to pull away from wood trim, resulting in a large black crack on corners where wood and brick meet.

  1. Uneven Floors

If you notice objects rolling across the floor too easily, you may need foundation repairs. This issue occurs when water seeps into your foundation and warps the floor. Strange soft spots in your flooring also indicate similar foundation drainage issues.

  1. Bowing Walls

Bowing walls are the most severe symptom of foundation problems. This sign causes a large horizontal crack to appear across a wall, with either side of the crack bending towards you. If you notice this in your home, it’s time for immediate repairs. Ignoring it structurally jeopardizes the house.

Foundation problems usually occur over time. If you are shopping for an existing home, you may discover that the property you’re interested in shows these telltale signs and needs foundation repair. Make sure you have an inspector review the foundation during the purchase process to find these problems and avoid a money pit.

To save you even more money, get pre-approved for a First Bank mortgage and know what you can afford each month. All loans subject to credit approval.

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