Signs That You Need Foundation Repair in Old or Older Homes Akron, OH
Do you own what would be considered an old or older home? These are homes that were built more than 50 years ago. Technology and building methods have changed a lot over the past few years. This means that many of these ‘older’ homes don’t have some of the features that have been introduced in the industry more recently.
‘Older’ homes often begin to show the wear and tear of the years in structural problems that begin at the foundation level. The following are some common signs that your old home is in need of foundation repair.
- The floors are uneven
Uneven floors can manifest in a variety of ways. You may notice that items roll on the floor in a particular direction. You may also notice that the doors and windows don’t shut properly or stick when you try to open them.
Uneven floors may be the result of foundation movement. They may also be a sign that there is a water seepage problem in the foundation. The high humidity or moisture levels may be causing the wooden flooring to warp.
- There are signs of moisture seepage
Have you noticed signs of moisture seepage in your foundation? You may have seen water pooling in your basement or noticed water stains along the foundation walls or floor. A musty smell is also a sign of water seepage.
Moisture may be seeping into your foundation due to various reasons. You may have cracks in your foundation or a problem with your gutters that is causing runoff to pool near your foundation, for example. It is important to have the water seepage addressed as soon as possible to avoid flooding and extensive property damage.
- There are cracks in the walls
Cracks may appear in your foundation or in the walls of the upper levels of your home. You may also notice cracks in the floor as well as the door or window frames.
Not every crack is worth worrying about. Old homes often have hairline cracks that are just a sign of age and the natural settlement of the home. However, cracks that are wider than a quarter of an inch are often an indication of structural damage.
If you own an older home and notice any of the signs above, get in touch with a professional foundation repair contractor for an inspection of your foundation.