Structural issues are concerning, especially if you are trying to sell your property or buy a new house. These problems can make a building house unsafe, so you’ll need to address them as soon as possible. Here are some common signs of structural problems in your home.
Signs of Structural Problems in the Walls and Ceilings
A crack in the wall might seem like a simple issue and a minor repair; however, it could indicate an underlying problem. The severity of the issue depends on the direction and extent of the cracks.
Large cracks accompanied by bowing or sagging, or cracks above doorways in a step pattern could be a sign of something more serious. However, small cracks should also not be overlooked. Determine the cause of the crack and make repairs as needed.
Sagging or Sloping of Floors
When the foundation of a home shifts, the movement can affect the flooring. Structural damage or imperfections are often a cause of sagging floors. It’s likely the foundation needs to be reinforced. Other causes of sloping or sagging floors include deteriorating support beams, moisture damage, improperly installed footers, cracked floor joists, and termite infestation.
Problems with Windows and Doors
Structural problems in your home may become evident when the doors and windows are not working properly. If a window or door no longer opens as it should, this could be a sign of the foundation settling. Other indications of structural damage include window frames separating from the wall and uneven gaps around the doors.
Termites are Signs of Structural Problems in Your Home
Despite their small size, termites can cause significant structural damage to your property. They eat away at wooden components, including framing, ceiling joists, wall studs, and support beams, weakening your home’s foundation. If termites infest your property, you will face structural issues. Hire a professional pest control company to eradicate these insects before they cause substantial damage.
The average asphalt shingle roof will serve you for a minimum of 15 – 20 years before it requires replacement. If the roof is not near the end of its life expectancy and has started leaking, this might indicate the house has shifted on its foundation. Repair roof leaks before they lead to significant damage to your home.
A sagging roof is a serious issue often caused by incorrect framing, removal of load-bearing walls, or termite damage. Call a professional roof inspector to understand the extent of the problem.
If you notice structural issues in your home, hire a licensed professional to perform a thorough inspection and recommend the best methods to correct the concerns.
Golden Rule Home Inspections provides inspections to customers in Lee, Collier, and Charlotte Counties. If you’re buying or selling a home, contact us to request an appointment.