You want your home to be safe and free from any structural defects. While no home is immune to damage, there are a few things you can do to prevent issues from becoming worse. Spotting structural damage early is important for the safety of your home. Here are a few signs of structural problems every homeowner should look out for.
Doors or Windows That Don’t Close or Open Properly
An obvious sign of a structural problem at home is when doors or windows require extra effort to open or close properly. Doors and windows that were previously without issue but now become are a sign of potential structural defects. Possible causes include abnormal settling of the house, foundation problems, and the swelling of the framework due to increased moisture.
Uneven Flooring is One of the Signs of Structural Problems
Uneven flooring is a problem that needs immediate attention. Sagging and sloping floors may be a result of termite damage or rotting of one or more of the floor joists. Water damage can also directly affect flooring materials and the subfloor. To prevent further damage, hire a structural engineer to assess the home and determine what repairs need to be made.
A Damp Subfloor
Structural problems might occur as a result of water damage and rotting. This is why good ventilation is key to preventing subfloors from becoming damp. Excessive moisture or high humidity in your home can cause your subfloor to rot. Structural damage may happen if water seeps through gaps or cracks in the sub-floor to the foundation. Be on alert for indicators of deterioration, like dark stains on the floor surface or spots that feel softer when you walk on them.
Cracked or Bulging Walls and Ceilings
Cracks in interior or exterior walls can be a sign of a serious problem. While not all cracks indicate structural damage, some types are more problematic than others. In particular, stair-step cracks in walls, sometimes spotted above doorways, should be addressed as soon as possible. Abnormal house settling is one of the main causes of cracked or bulging walls.
Signs of Structural Problems: Leaking or Sagging Roofs
Roof replacement should only be necessary once the roofing materials have reached the end of their lifespan. However, if you’re experiencing roof leaks or the roofline looks like it’s sagging, you might have structural problems. A deteriorating roof could be caused by water damage, wood-destroying insects, poor maintenance, or shifting of the foundation or frame.
If you spot any of these signs of structural problems in your home, schedule a home inspection or contact a structural engineer. Delta Home Inspection offers home inspections to customers in Alabama’s Mobile and Baldwin Counties. Contact us to request our services.