How to Identify Dangerous Foundation Issues

by Chris Bohr 03/31/2019

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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Chris Bohr

Hello, My name is Chris Bohr, I’m a lifelong resident of the Tampa Bay Area, married to a wonderful woman, Michelle “Missy” Bohr and we have a two year old son who is the apple of my eye. I’m a graduate of Countryside High School in Clearwater, Florida, a Graduate of the University of Central Florida, and an active Realtor and Auctioneer. You are looking for someone to help you to either buy or sell a home, liquidate the contents of a home, or perhaps do it all. I can help! …and I want too. As a member of this great community I’ve seen quite a few changes around these parts and can help guide you through the mazes of the Real Estate World. In addition to the various licenses I’m also a proud member of the Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce, the Pinellas Realtor Organization, Florida Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, won several business awards and was even named the honorary Mayor of Palm Harbor many years ago. Our approach to helping you sell your home starts with a global reach to find those buyers who may be sitting in a cold basement somewhere just looking for a reason to come down to the beautiful sunshine state and stop shoveling snow. In addition to the global reach, I also include the local, “Hey look at me” method of marketing by making your home visible to more potential buyers than most properties on the market today. If you are looking to buy a home, I understand it can be very intimidating, I take the pains away and remind you that buying a home should be fun and if you put the right person on the job I can promise to do my best to walk you through the hurdles of home buying. My approach is founded on experience, of course the experience of buying and selling houses, but also going through the processes myself and recalling the times when it was the most nerve racking. I keep you informed, I answer my phone, and I actually check emails and respond in a professional and courteous manner…I guess you could call that the Golden Rule. What sets me apart from other Realtors is the ability to handle not only your purchase or sale, but also having the ability to liquidate the contents, or lighten your load in regards to contents through our licensed and reputable Estate Sale and Auction Company. I love it here in the Tampa Bay area, and you will too. Drop me a line or give me a call, and let’s get the ball rolling toward your next move! Remember, Bohr Sells Homes, in fact that’s my website. www.BohrSellsHomes.com Thank you, Chris