Structural problems compromise your home’s integrity and your family’s safety. Damage to the walls, foundation, or roof supports will also lower your property value. There are several possible causes of structural damage, including natural disasters, severe weather, defective materials, unsuitable building techniques, and poor design. Structural issues make your home more vulnerable to harsh weather conditions, such as strong winds and heavy rainfall. Recognizing minor structural issues early will help to prevent further damage and costly repairs. Let’s look at a few of the signs of structural problems in the home.

Sloping Floors are Signs of Structural Problems

There are many reasons you may have sloping floors in your home. Some of these reasons include:

– Poor construction
– Movement of soil beneath the foundation
– Concrete curing and shrinkage
– Uneven settling of the home

Your home’s foundation supports the entire building. Damage to the foundation can lead to problems with the floors which will, in turn, increase pressure on the walls. If you notice warped or uneven flooring, hire a contractor to inspect and repair the problem. A professional can help to identify the root cause of the issue.

Issues with Windows and Doors

Doors and windows should open and close freely. If you’re using force to close the doors, you may have structural problems. This can occur when there are irregular shifts underneath your home’s foundation and the contraction and expansion of soil affect the operation of doors and windows. You may notice that windows are stuck and will not open or that they won’t close completely.

Signs of Structural Problems Include Cracks in Walls

Cracks in the walls or ceilings are sometimes caused by ground movement as a result of settling, vibration, or clay shrinkage. Hire a professional to determine the cause of the problems. Repairs to the structure of the home should be made immediately to prevent further damage.

Sagging Roof

A roof is a vital component of your home. It protects the frame of the house, your belongings, and your family from the elements. A sagging roof indicates a structural problem. Below are reasons a roof may begin to sag.

– Termites or other wood-destroying insects
– Poor maintenance
Water damage
– Harsh weather conditions

Examine your roof and verify the lines are straight. If you notice sagging along the peak or near the edges of the roof, call a professional for assistance.

Crumbling Concrete

High moisture content, weather, and shifting of the soil can cause concrete damage and lead to structural problems. You may notice walkways buckle near the home or outdoor steps beginning to crack. Check that the chimney’s mortar is in good condition and that the chimney is still securely attached to the home.

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