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Signs of Foundation Settlement

A settling foundation needs to be repaired immediately. Learn about the signs of foundation settlement to keep an eye out for.


There are many signs of settlement that 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:

Close up of stair step cracking on brick wall

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.


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.

Chimney separating from home showing foundation issues
exterior cracking by window

Exterior Doors and Windows

Signs you’ll notice outside your home near windows and doors include:

  • 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

On upper floors of your home, you may notice the following:

  • Interior cracks off of the corners of doors and windows.
  • Cracks that follow drywall seams.
  • Drywall tape buckling or ripping.
sticking door

Interior Doors & Windows

Additionally, other interior areas that showcase problems with foundation settlement include doors and windows. These fixtures may be difficult to operate, sticking when you try to open or close them.

Fix Your Foundation with Expert Help

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.

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