Your home’s foundation is important factor in how long it will last. Having a weak or damaged masonry foundation typically means that your home will become uneven or develop other problems within its various systems. Damage to your home’s masonry foundation can be caused by excessive moisture, as well as by significant drought and should be addressed as soon as possible. There is a variety of ways that a weakened or bad foundation will be revealed, and knowing what to look for can help save you money and add life to your home.
Signs of a Bad Masonry Foundation
- Crooked Windows and Doors
As a properly installed window or door will be perfectly level, when you notice that your doors or window are out of alignment, have begun to stick or jam on a regular basis, or see that the glass has begun to crack, then you need to talk to a masonry expert to learn how solid your home’s foundation is and what steps, if any, need to be taken.
As a side note, crooked windows and doors will also drive energy costs up, so having the foundation checked will help minimize the utility bill, too.
- Sloped Floors or Cracked Walls
Although some degree of settling is common in homes, excessive settling is a sign of a bad masonry foundation. In order to stay ahead of any foundation problems there are several things you will want to watch for. These include:
- Cracks, fissures, warps, and shifts, especially in the upper walls of the home.
- Crumbling and decay within the cement or brick facades.
- Mold, moisture, and stains as a result of water damage
- External Cracks or Wall Bulges
Noticing small cracks or fissures within a masonry foundation is not unusual or cause for concern. However, you notice large cracks in the foundation or unusual bulges –often the result of drywall cracks- in the wall are indicators of a sinking foundation.
- Sagging floors or Warped Ceilings
This will often be revealed through gaps between the wall and the floor or the ceiling. If you are suspect that you might have an issue but there is no gap, consider placing a golf or tennis ball on the floor. The ball should not move. If it does, consider bringing in an expert.
- Brick Walls Pulling Away from the House
This is often the result of soil shrinkage brought on by high temperatures and droughts common in Texas. When the soil dries out, it can sometimes cause the masonry foundation to settle more than anticipated and result in the corners of the home separating from the roof of the house or from the exterior corners.
Should you identify any of these indicators of a bad masonry foundation, don’t put it off, and just “wait to see what happens”? Talk to one of the masonry repair pros at Omega Masonry. We know what it takes to make a sound decision and will be there to make any necessary masonry foundation repairs.