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Jul 22

How Can You Tell If Your Home Is Developing Structural Damage

If you have bought an older home recently or have lived in one for many years, then you might not be surprised to discover that some settling has occurred over the years. This is not so much to be expected in a newer home, but it does occur in those as well. Unless you know the signs to look for, you could have some serious structural damage taking place before you have realized that it is happening, but there are some sure signs that you can take notice of that could help you to avoid a tremendous cost in home repairs.

Since structural damage usually begins to occur underneath the home, it could be years before you ever go under there and see the damage that has taken place. The upside of structural damage that might be occurring underneath the home is that it will also show itself inside the home as well in most cases. The signs could begin as things that are hardly noticeable at all, but when you know what to look for, it is easy enough to spot.

If you begin to notice that the furniture that you have placed against a wall is leaning forward or backward, this means that you floor is not level. This is a sign that the the joists under the floor could be becoming misaligned. The block foundation of the home could be sinking into the ground around the outer edge of the home or the support pillars underneath the home could be sinking. This can cause the joists to shift and begin to sag.

Other signs on the inside of the home is when you begin to see cracks in your sheet rock. This is because the shifting of the home applies pressure to the nailed down sheet rock and it will begin to crack under the pressure literally. You might also notice that some window and door frames inside the house look crooked and misaligned. This is also a sure sign of structural problems if they were plum and even before.

Of course, some of the most obvious signs outside the home is if you see cracks in your foundation or the brick on the outer walls if your home has it. You might begin to see cracks where your siding is joined or other outside wall coverings.

The most important thing is that if you do begin to see any of these signs of foundation failure inside or outside your home, get a professional out to investigate the cause as quickly as possible. It can be cause by moisture and water damage. It can be caused by inadequate construction, but you will not know for sure until a professional has looked into it for you. The sooner you have the problem corrected, the less money it is likely to cost you and the less repairs will have to be made. Structural damage can tremendously effect the value of your home.

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