As a homeowner, it’s crucial to be aware of signs of structural problems in your home. By proactively addressing these issues, you can avoid extensive (and expensive) damage down the road. Protect your property and your investment. Here are five indications you’re experiencing foundation issues.

1. Cracks in Your Walls or Ceilings

A common indication of a structural problem is cracking in your walls or ceilings. While small hairline cracks are nothing to worry about, larger cracks could indicate a more serious issue. If you notice cracks wider than a quarter of an inch or cracks developing in a stair-step pattern, it’s best to have a professional assess the damage.

2. Gaps Around Windows or Doors

If you detect sunlight through gaps around windows or doors, it could be due to the settling of the foundation. Have the areas inspected by a professional as soon as possible, especially if there are other signs of structural issues. Not only are gaps and cracks aesthetically unpleasing, but they also allow unwanted drafts into your home, affecting your heating and cooling bills.

3. Sagging Floors are Signs of Structural Problems

In any home, sagging or uneven floors are cause for concern. This issue may be due to rotting or damaged floor joists. However, it’s often caused by problems with the foundation. When left unchecked, sloping or sagging floors will worsen. Hire a professional to inspect the area and determine the cause of the issue. Make repairs as soon as possible.

4. Misaligned Doors or Windows

If the doors or windows in your home are suddenly more difficult to open, this could be another indication of settling and should be inspected by a professional. Doors and windows are typically weaker points in a wall and often the first places you’ll notice signs of structural problems.

5. Signs of Structural Problems: Uneven Roofline

Check the roof of your home. The lines of the roof should be straight, without sloping or sagging. If the roofline appears bowed or uneven, consult with a roofing professional. The problem could be due to damage or rotting of the roof’s supports. It may also be that the home has shifted and caused issues with the roofing frame.

Although some of these issues seem minor, they can indicate more serious underlying problems. If you have structural concerns about your home, contact a professional for an inspection as soon as possible. By addressing these issues early on, you’ll keep your property safe.

Clarity Home Inspection provides inspection services to homebuyers and sellers in North and Central New Jersey. Contact us to request an appointment.