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5 Things Homeowners Need to Know About Their Foundations

by Danny white

Whether you have hired a fei engineer Tulsa to come look at your house or you plan on doing most of the work yourself, every homeowner needs to know these 5 things about the foundation underneath their house.

These signs, while they can seem like they lead to foundation problems, usually are not. So be on the lookout.

Wall Cracks

Cracks on the walls near studs or on the edges or corners do not indicate foundation problems, rather, they indicated poor workmanship.

Visible Nails

If you see little bubbles in your walls, don’t fret, it’s usually just a sign that the material choice was poor. Nails popping out are not signs that your foundation is bad.

If you wanted to fix the visible issue, you could remove the nail from the wall and patch the hole with drywall putty.

Ceiling Cracks

Large cracks along drywall seams or small cracks in the corners of your ceiling could just be a sign of poor framing, workmanship, or age. No need to worry about your foundation. This is especially common in older homes.

Sticky Doors

Sometimes, sticky doors can be an indication that the foundation is sinking or rising beneath the door frame. However, it could be more likely that the door hinge or frame is degrading from use. Try fixing the door before you crawl under the house and you might save yourself some time!

Concrete Floor Cracks

Hairline cracks in concrete floors are very common and should not be interpreted as signs of a bad foundation. These cracks are a normal part of concrete’s drying cycle, hence they do not indicate movement.

Now that you know how to tell these signs apart from foundation issues you will be able to save yourself some money in the long run and become more knowledgeable about your home.