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Your Foundation is the Support System for Your Home.

When it becomes damaged, your entire house can suffer serious problems. While some signs of foundation damage can be found near the ground, you may be surprised to learn that the most obvious problems occur in other parts of the home. If your home is showing any of these common signs of deterioration, you may need to seek foundation leveling and repair services.

1. CRACKED WALLS

When the ground beneath your foundation sinks, shrinks, or becomes unlevel, your entire home shifts, putting stress on the outside and inside walls. Outside cracks may show up as wide zig-zagging cracks or bricks that seem pushed out of place. Cracks on walls inside the home most often appear around the frames of doors and windows. If repaired, these cracks will often reoccur.

2. PROBLEMS WITH DOORS

When your doors are suddenly hard to close or sticking shut, foundation damage may be to blame. Foundation sinking causes your home to shift. This shifting changes the shape of your door frames making the doors not quite a perfect fit. The result is like a toned down version of trying to fit a round peg into a square hole. It might work with some pushing and pulling, but it’s not going to be easy.

3. GAPS BETWEEN FLOORS & WALLS

If a gap appears at the bottom of your wall, you know you need repairs. However, the solution may not be just repairing the space that shows damage. When your home’s foundation moves, it might take the floor down with it while the wall stays in place for a little while. Since the inside wall is secured to the wall studs, it may separate from the floor and baseboards instead of shifting and cracking.

4. SEPARATING TILES

Tiles are often laid over concrete floors. Since concrete isn’t designed to shift or give, the surface generally cracks. While you can’t see the evidence below your flooring material, separating tiles are usually a sign that something is amiss in the floor below. When your indoor flooring is shifting, your foundation and floor supports should be examined to find the underlying cause.
crack in tile floor

5. GAPS AROUND EXTERIOR WINDOWS & DOOR FRAMES

Your window and frames door frames are built separately from the exterior building materials of your home. If your foundation is shifting, the nails or screws holding the frames in place may be the first thing to surrender to the pressure.

6. DROOPING CABINETS

If your cabinets seem to be slowly moving away from the wall, you need to take a look at your foundation. Indoor cabinets may tilt slightly, but they will eventually pull away from the wall when your foundation is sinking. Cabinets are a separate structure attached to your walls. As interior walls shift and bow due to foundation damage, the cabinets remain in place. While it might seem like the cabinets are moving away from the wall, the problem is more likely to be the walls moving away from the cabinets.
drooping cabinet
sagging floor

7. SAGGING FLOORS

While it may seem like this problem would be a glaring red flag, problems that slowly get worse over time are easy to miss. Warped or sagging floors are often a direct sign of foundation damage. The problem can occur due to excess moisture rotting the flooring structure or shifting soil beneath the foundation.

8. EXCESS MOISTURE

A damp basement or crawl space, musty smells, and mold are all signs of excess moisture. Moisture beneath the home is a major cause of foundation damage. After flooding, it’s not uncommon or excess water to be trapped around the foundation of your home. If the water has nowhere to drain, this could spell danger for your home’s structure.
excess moisture

9. EXCESSIVE CREAKING

It’s possible that you may hear the sound of your home settling before you see the evidence of any damage. If your home is creaking and groaning, the culprit is more likely to be foundation damage than ghosts. A house is an intense amount of weight to bear, and some settling is normal. However, when the noise is uncomfortably loud or happening more often, you would likely benefit from an inspection of your foundation.

10. POPPING NAILS

If the nails or screws are pushing their way out of your sheetrock walls, it would be simple to fix the problem and move on. However, if this is a recurring problem throughout your home, the foundation may be to blame. When your foundation sinks, the response inside your home often occurs over a long period of time. As interior walls shift and change shape, the hardware may be pushed outward. The effect begins as round or semi-circle cracks when the heads of screws or nails push through grout and paint.

Foundation issues are a serious danger to the structure of your home. Ignoring the problem is not an option since it will often get worse and put your entire home at risk. The experts at Davie Shoring understand the stress and danger associated with foundation damage. We have helped thousands of homeowners in the diagnosis and repair of foundation damage and we can do the same for you. If you have questions or worries about foundation damage, don’t hesitate, contact us today to have a foundation expert inspect your house. 

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Started in 1993, Davie Shoring quickly became a major shoring contractor in the New Orleans region with a reputation as a quick, efficient, and trusted shoring and foundation company. Specializing in home leveling, home foundation repair, home elevation, and structural moving, the company has raised over 2,500 homes located in the flood-prone areas of Louisiana for over 25 years. With fifteen crews and ten experienced supervisors, Davie Shoring can service more than 100 homes a month. Since 2005 alone, they have finished over 1,300 homes. This includes moving homes with 2nd or 3rd stories and elevating houses to any required height. In addition, its Permalock shoring technology has made it a leader in secure methods that will support a home for years.