Tar Heel Tip of the Week: Signs of Foundation Settlement

Monday, December 5th, 2016 by Jaimie Hooker

Signs of Foundation SettlementThere are many signs your home can visibly show, such as exterior or interior wall cracks, changes in the operation of doors and windows, and gaps between windows that may point to the fact that your foundation is sinking and settling. Some homeowners find themselves patching up cracks, not knowing there is a larger problem at hand. Fortunately, these problems can be fixed permanently.

Below are the most common signs and symptoms of foundation settlement:

  • Stair-Step Cracking
    • Stair-step cracking is a typical sign of foundation settlement on homes with brick or cinderblock walls. As your home continues to settle, vertical cracks may widen, indicating that the wall is rotating outward.
  • Chimneys
    • A more dramatic sign of settlement is a chimney separating away from the rest of the home. Sometimes chimneys are built on a foundation that is not connected to the rest of the home, making it even more at risk of settlement.
  • Exterior Doors & Windows
    • The separation of a door or window from the framing.
    • Cracks extending from the corners of doors and windows.
    • Doors and windows out of square.
  • Drywall Cracks
    • Interior cracks off of the corners of doors and windows.
    • Cracks that follow drywall seams.
    • Drywall tape buckling or ripping.
  • Interior Doors & Windows
    • Doors and windows stick when you try to open or close them.

If your home is experiencing any of the signs or symptoms above have your home’s foundation evaluated. Even if the problem does not seem alarming, it is always important to have a professional out; your home is your biggest investment. To schedule your free foundation evaluation, please call our office directly.


About the author
Jaimie Hooker is the Assistant Marketing Director at Tar Heel Basement Systems; authoring case studies, technical papers, creating and captioning photo albums and managing website content. She also oversees the organization of video testimonials, shows and events, Jaimie lives in the small town of Madison, NC with her husband, Paul, and 3 year old son, Franklin.