image of a house

The foundation of your home is what holds everything together — and foundation health is important to a safe, secure house! Here at A-1 Concrete Leveling and Foundation Repair in Nashville, we specialize in foundation repair. While we’re experts at identifying and resolving foundation problems, it’s also important for homeowners to know some basic signs of foundation problems.

One of the most common foundation problems is caused by foundation settlement, and in today’s blog post, we’ll be sharing a few signs of settlement that you can look out for. If you see any of these problems, be sure to contact us right away for foundation repair!

What is Foundation Settlement?

Foundation settlement occurs when the soil changes below the structure of your home. While the concrete that your foundation is made of is incredibly strong, the soil around it may not be able to bear the weight of your home. It can heave and cause movement in your foundation, causing your foundation to settle. The soil may be poorly compacted, changes in moisture could occur, mature tree roots could be disturbing the soil, as well as other problems. Foundation settlement and sinking are some of the most common foundation problems, and it’s important to notice the signs of foundation settlement so that a small problem can be fixed before growing into a larger, more expensive issue.

Exterior Signs 

Every so often, you should take a walk around your home and look for any exterior foundation issues. Here are a few to check for:

Bricks

If you have exterior brickwork on your home, you may see cracks developing in the mortar between the bricks. You may also notice “stair-stepping” which is when brickwork slides or breaks, creating a stair-like effect rather than a smooth, sheer surface.

Sagging Roof

Movement in your foundation can lead to movement in the areas that support your roof, such as trusses, pillars, and walls. The roof will reflect that shifting and you’ll be able to see it in sagging rooflines. 

Foundation Cracks

Hairline cracks in a foundation are common and not something to worry about, but if you see larger horizontal or vertical cracks larger than 1/8-inch or with separation between them, that’s usually a sign that you need foundation repair.

Crooked Garage Frame

Garages usually sit directly on the foundation wall and end up shifting as the foundation settles. If you use your garage regularly, you may notice that it isn’t sealing or closing properly and this may be a sign of foundation settling. 

Interior

While most people think to check for foundation problems on the exterior of the house, there are also signs within the home to watch out for. 

Cracked or Bowed Walls

Interior walls can flex, bend, and break if the foundation settles and the structure of your home becomes less stable. You may notice drywall cracks developing in the corners of rooms, around windows, and near door frames. Drywall panels can shift and move, causing drywall seams to become more visible. 

Uneven Floors

One of the biggest signs of foundation settling is sagging or uneven floors. After all, the floor sits on the foundation and they are one of the first parts of your home to be affected by foundation settlement. Are your floors creaky or squeaky? Do you feel a little uneasy as you walk across your living room? Are there ridges under the carpet or areas where your tile has cracked or separated? These are all signs of potential foundation issues, and it’s important to schedule an inspection and foundation repair as soon as possible.

Doors & Windows 

If you’re having a hard time opening or closing doors and windows in your home, it may be because your foundation has settled and caused the frame to shift. Look for windows with uneven gaps along the top, bottom, or sides. Rather than re-trim the area, address the underlying issue by getting foundation repair.

A-1 Concrete Leveling and Foundation Repair in Nashville

Here at A-1, we know the importance of a strong foundation! After all, your home wouldn’t be standing without it. If you notice any of these signs of foundation settlement, contact us for foundation repair. We provide free quotes, and we’ll let you know whether you need foundation repair and what your options are. Along with foundation repair, we also specialize in concrete pouring and concrete leveling. Contact us today for a free quote.

If you found this post to be useful, check out a few of our other foundation repair blog posts: