Foundation failure is not only detrimental but is also an extremely expensive problem. If left unacknowledged, even small damage can lead to a bigger and even more of a financial headache in the long run.

The best action to take is to prevent any further damage from escalating. Scan for signs of potential foundation damage and address them early on as they appear. Here is a checklist of the most common signs of foundation deterioration.

1. Water Damage

If you notice soil shifting and water damage, it may be from improper water drainage. This is the leading cause for foundation failure. Expanding of soil at a rapid pace can lead to inorganic soil shifting. Which means that it places a large amount of pressure on the underlying foundation. Not to mention being a big cause of damage, without proper drainage, that can be a sign that foundation failure has occurred already.

2. Flooring

Uneven flooring and distorted ceiling problems can arise in the foundation and occasionally appear in the upper levels of the home. Beware for open gaps where interior walls are expected to meet with floor and ceilings. Using a level tool, you can check if the slope is consistent.

3. Cracked, Crumbling, or Compromised Foundations

A routine home inspection can start with the foundation itself. They are built to last, but underlying support should never show visible signs of structural damage; hairline looking cracks (zigzag, horizontal, or vertical) sagging, drooping of walls or floors. Gaps, ruptures, concrete appears to be flaking or crumbling to pieces. Moisture from the pool can cause stains and mold over time. Inspection of the home inside and out should be performed on all exterior surfaces of the foundation.

4. Walls

Disintegrating walls all settle overtime, sooner or later. An overabundance amount of settling is another common sign of foundation failure. More obvious signs are cracks, and crumbling o the upper walls. Homeowners should perform a routine inspection of both interior and exterior. Check for shifts, cracks, and decay.
5. Doors and Windows

Ill-fitting doors and windows should fit properly, not too loose nor tight. Although, if foundation problem isn’t to blame, these should be addressed to prevent heat loss that leads to higher utility bills. Don’t forget to include garage doors, HVAC vents, and windows in the attic. Performing this routine checklist can help you catch it early on, and keep any foundation failure to a small extent while also extending the lifetime of your property.