You may think that if your home's foundation has big problems, it will be immediately apparent. However, a foundation is a fickle thing in that it does not always show problems the way people expect--especially in the beginning stages. As a homeowner, it is a good idea to get to know these sneaky little signs of foundation failure because allowing them to go unchecked could lead to some serious damage to the rest of your house.
1. Your windows start functioning a little "off".
If previously functional windows suddenly start showing signs of damage, like they don't close as easily or get jammed suddenly, it could be a sign that your foundation has problems. Window panes are square and the frames are designed to surround the panes perfectly, but with a shift in the wall position, the window may start acting a bit strange.
2. A once sturdy floor suddenly feels weird.
In some cases, you can actually feel a foundation problem when you walk across the floor in your home. You may notice that it feels as though there has been a slight change in the incline or even notice more screeches and squeaks than before.
3. Hairline cracks show up over windows and doors.
Window and door locations are points of construction in the house that are little less sturdy already, and when you have foundation issues, it is quite common for signs to show up over windows and doors first in the form of hairline cracks and fissures. The cracks may appear at the top corners of window and door frames and move outward.
4. The doors refuse to latch or rub against their frame when opened and shut.
When the foundation beneath the door shifts, it will cause problems with the way the door operates. You may notice that the door will no longer latch or rubs against the door frame when it is moved. While these issues can be resolved temporarily, they should be a red flag to you as a homeowner that you could be dealing with foundation issues.
5. Separation of a wall from the ceiling.
This sounds like it would be quite obvious, but because the separation of the wall and the ceiling means usually a tiny crack or line at the intersection, you may not even notice until the problem gets bigger. If you are hanging a picture, painting, or even cleaning dust bunnies from the corners and notice a long hairline crack between the top of the wall and the ceiling, you almost positively have a foundation issue and need to call an expert for advice. Contact a foundation repair contractor, like Prolift of Mississippi, for more help.