The foundation of your home needs to be secure, stable, and free from defects to keep your home from quite literally falling apart. While it is true that all houses are expected to settle a bit, you need to know when it is time to contact a foundation repair company to save your home. In general, minor settling is not going to be a big problem, and any cracks that you notice due to settling will be vertical. If there are foundation problems, you may not see any cracks, because they are covered by flooring, siding, or interior paneling. Here are a few things that may indicate the foundation is failing.
Ceilings and Roof
The first place to look for foundation problems is at that top of your house. If you notice that the crown moldings along the top of the walls is pulling down from the ceiling, it could be due to the wall pulling down and away as the foundation moves. This is why you should also check on the outside of the house, at the roofline. There should not be any noticeable gaps between the siding of the house and the roofing.
Windows and Doors
While your doors and windows may sometimes stick due to excess humidity, they should readily open and close most of the time. If you notice that they are always hard to move, it could be due to the wall shifting or twisting as the foundation does. A good indication this is the problem is when there is a gap at one side of the opening and on the other side, the door or window seems too big.
As the foundation shifts, the flooring in the first floor will, too. If you have carpeting or tiles, you may notice that you seem to trip or stumble in certain spots. This is caused by a slight difference in the flooring where the movement has occurred. Another thing you may notice is that the floors slope. If you have a ball, or anything that rolls, it will always roll to the same location when left alone.
Foundation problems can be serious. However, if you contact a foundation repair company as soon as you notice a problem, you can keep things from getting worse. This means you will need to have the foundation repaired, but won't have to worry about repairing walls, ceilings, flooring and windows, too.