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5 Ways to Know if Your House Needs Foundation Repair

Man using tape measure to show how much a foundation wall has moved.

You can’t quite put your finger on it, but something about your house seems off. Maybe the walls are cracking or the floor looks uneven. Damage like this indicates that your home needs foundation repair.

Let’s look at five common problem signs so you know can stay on top of foundation damage and call a professional before it gets worse.

1. Drywall Cracks

Drywall crack at the corner of a door frame.

One of the most glaring signs of foundation damage is drywall cracks. These cracks show up when a foundation settles unevenly and puts stress on the wall frames throughout your home.

As the foundation moves, the rigid walls try to move with it, but they crack instead (because they aren’t flexible). Most often, drywall cracks occur at the corners of door and window frames, as these tend to be the weakest sections of indoor walls.

2. Doors and Windows That Stick

Door unaligned with its frame due to foundation issues.

Doors and windows all sit within sturdy frames. When your foundation shifts, the frames may move with it and cause windows and doors to become misaligned.

As a result, doors may drag along the floor and windows might open slowly and with resistance. In extreme cases, doors and windows might be stuck shut entirely.

3. Uneven Floors

Uneven wooden floor.

Another major sign that you need foundation repair is uneven floors in your home. Your floors rest directly on top of the foundation, which means if the foundation moves, so will the floors.

Uneven foundation settlement will cause the floors within your home to tilt, slant, or bulge. They might even separate from the floorboard. Not only does this look bad, but it’s also a safety hazard.

4. Nail Pops

Cracked paint where a nail popped out of drywall.

Nail pops are a subtle and often overlooked sign of foundation damage. When your foundation shifts, so too do the walls in your home.

Well, you probably know that behind the drywall is the wall frame itself—made up of wooden beams and metal nails holding them all together. As the wall frame moves with the foundation, these nails are put under immense stress.

With enough movement, they pop right out of the wood and through the drywall. Nail pops often look like small holes or bumps in the drywall, so keep an eye out.

5. Foundation Settlement

cracks in foundation

You’ll have to go outside for this one. The main catalyst behind foundation damage is a specific type of issue known as “foundation settlement“.

Essentially, foundation settlement is when part (or all) of the foundation sinks into the ground. This can happen for a number of reasons including:

  • Soil moisture changes: Expansion and contraction due to varying moisture levels.
  • Poor drainage: Bad gutters allow water to pool around the foundation.
  • Soil composition: Certain soils, like clay, are more prone to shifting.
  • Improperly compacted fill soil: Uneven settling of poorly compacted soil.
  • Tree roots: Roots can absorb water and cause soil shrinkage.
  • Heavy loads: Excessive weight from structures or additions.
  • Construction errors: Poor design or construction practices.
  • Natural disasters: Earthquakes, floods, or droughts impacting the soil.

Always Call a Professional for Foundation Repair

Your foundation supports your entire house, making it arguably the most important part of your home. For that reason, it’s best to call a professional for foundation repair.

Trying to repair foundation problems yourself without the right tools or knowledge can make things worse. Most homeowners don’t have the resources to fully identify the extent of the damage or fix it properly. Professionals can accurately assess the situation and provide the best solution.

Moreover, professional foundation repair companies (Alpha Foundations included) often provide ongoing maintenance for their work. This means that if any issues arise after the repair, they can come back and fix it as part of their services.

Expert Foundation Repair From Alpha Foundations

Alpha Foundations crewman with tool over shoulder, walking toward a home.

If you notice signs of foundation damage in your home, you need an expert. Alpha Foundations is proud to be Florida’s leading foundation repair company, serving homeowners throughout the state.

Want to learn more about our services or schedule a free inspection? Contact us today to get started and see why homeowners have trusted us since 2002. Let’s get your home back on stable ground together.

Foundation Repair FAQs

Preventing future foundation problems involves regular maintenance, such as ensuring proper drainage around your home, controlling moisture levels, and checking for early signs of damage. Addressing small issues sooner rather than later can help prevent larger foundation problems later.

While it might be tempting to handle minor cracks on your own, foundation repair is generally not a DIY-friendly task. Improper repairs will actually make the problem worse. Given Florida’s unique climate and soil conditions, it’s strongly recommended to consult professionals like Alpha Foundations for a thorough evaluation and repair. 

While you might think you’ll save on labor costs by doing repairs yourself, the potential for incorrect repairs can lead to higher costs in the long run. Professional repairs ensure the problem is correctly addressed the first time, saving you money and increasing your home’s value in the long run.

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Ted Dryce

Ted Dryce

Content Writer

Ted is an SEO Content Writer who has been with Groundworks since 2021. He’s covered home repair topics ranging from crawl space encapsulation to regional soil conditions. When he’s not working, Ted is performing improv comedy and working on his own creative projects.

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