How to Identify Dangerous Foundation Issues

by Laviola Team 05/05/2019

Buying a property is one of the best decisions a person can make; it is also a great way to invest. After spending a lot of money to buy or build on a property, the condition of the house should be paramount. Having to deal with foundation issues can be daunting; it can take a lot of money to repair a damaged foundation.

The foundation of a home is what holds all other structures in place. If the foundation was laid incorrectly or without the proper tests and procedures, it could cause problems for the owner in the future. The types of foundation are the pier, beam, and concrete. It's best to know what kind was used for your property to look out for tell-tale signs of weakness or deterioration of the foundation.

A damaged foundation is a result of various environmental elements and stress like expanding and contracting soil, a terrible drainage system or excessive moisture. This stress over time causes the foundation to begin to weaken, resulting in uneven floors in the house, cracks on the walls and gaps in exterior doors.

The following are signs that indicate that you are likely having foundation issues:

Cracks in the walls.

A crack in the wall can be a sign of a foundation problem. If you notice floor cracks, a broken chimney, or wall fissures in your house, this might be your first sign of a damaged foundation.

Sinking floor. 

Have you noticed that some parts of your property are falling? Have them checked out to be sure it's not a foundation problem. One part of the house over time will be lower than the other if a sinking or settling floor is left unattended too long. Sinking or settling occurs when the ground the property is built on begins to collapse under the weight of the structure. Areas of the house that used to be even would begin to sag or dip. You would notice that such areas will not be on the same level as other parts on the property. It could be as a result of soil shift, humidity from water seepage or poor drainage system. 

Doors that don’t open or close properly. 

Another tell-tale sign of foundation issues is when the interior doors begin to stick or drag. Exterior doors may frequently leave space at the edge creating an uneven appearance.

Gaps around window frames. 

Did you suddenly notice gaps around your window or door? A faulty foundation can be the cause. Double-hung windows will be difficult to close because of the unevenness and inability to align the sash correctly.

Dampness in the basement.

Is your basement or crawl space becoming damp without any apparent source of moisture? Damp basement can cause a lot of problems like a moldy smell, mold growth, and uneven or saggy floors. 

Ask a professional engineer or contractor to help you investigate these signs to ascertain if it is a foundation problem. Discuss how you might go about fixing it and explore different options. Most of these evaluations are usually free and can save you thousands of dollars.

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Laviola Team

Steve & Sharon Laviola have sold 24 homes in the first half of 2018 with many newarriving daily.... 2017 was a great year too with 31 homes in the area being sold by the Laviola Team. 2016 was supported with 28 home sales. Steve Supervised and staffed model homes for new community in 2015 where 61 homes were sold at high market pricing due to his knowledge of new construction and excellent communication skills. 51 Homes sold in 2014, so you can see that the stats for the Laviola Team speak for themselves....

Steve Laviola was the #5#5#5#5 individual agent with RE/MAX in the entire state of Tennessee in 2015. He received the 2014 Chairman's Club Award; less than one and half percent of RE/MAX agents, nationwide, achieve this prestigious award. He holds the Platinum Club Award, for two consecutive years and was also honored with the Hall of Fame Career Award. Sharon Laviola has proven marketing skills and provides that TLC for an excellent experience in property purchases or when selling a home. She has staging experience and is a member of the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing. Steve and Sharon have over 20 years of experience in Real Estate. 

They are very active in the community and give a portion of all sales to the Children's Miracle Network as well as many other local organizations in their area. Just more reasons for you to let their expertise guide you through the buying and selling process!