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Sep
9

Inspecting Your Home for Structural Issues

Foundation and structural damage rarely happen overnight. Unless caused by a natural disaster, most changes in the structural integrity happen slowly over time. When you see your home day in and day out, year after year, you may not notice the small signs that your structure may be beginning to have problems. The quicker you address structural issues, the less expensive they tend to be, making it easier on your budget. A quick inspection of your home a few times per year can help you catch these small issues and have them repaired before they cause major and expensive damage to your home. Here are some signs to look for inside and outside your home:

  • Walls. Check for cracks in drywall in the interior that could be caused from structural damage or foundation shifts. On the exterior, uneven siding or shingles and step cracks in brick could be caused by foundation issues.
  • Chimney. Look for cracks in brick chimneys or for leaning in the structure. It may be only the chimney that needs masonry work, but it should be inspected by a masonry expert.
  • Doors and windows. Doors and windows that stick can be signs of foundation issues. Also, doors that swing open may be caused by structural shifts. Gaps around doors and windows are another sign of possible structural problems.
  • Use a level. Check the level of the floors in all rooms of the home on the ground level.

Keeping an eye out for these small changes in your home can alert you to issues before they become a major expense. At the first sign, contact a reputable contractor that specializes in structural and foundation repair to have a professional inspection.

Posted on behalf of:
Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs
Marietta, GA
(770) 422-2924

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