Uneven floors are just one symptom of foundation problems. You might also notice cracks on tiles or doors sticking in their frames. These are all signs that something underfoot could be damaging your home.
Foundations naturally settle
Firstly, it’s important to remember that foundations naturally settle. It’s especially common in semi-arid climates like Texas or areas with clay-rich soils, like the Gulf Coast. A rainy spring followed by a dry summer could cause the earth underneath a home to expand and then contract, forcing the slab or piers above to deal with the movement.
The key is knowing when you’re in trouble
Cracking on the foundation isn’t cause for worry by itself. That’s just the result of your foundation settling or moving along with the soil. Instead, look for some of these signs:
- Stair-step cracks. These show up on the sides of brick and masonry homes. They’re a classic sign of structural movement.
- Vertical cracks. Some can be harmless, but others can be signifiers of a more serious problem. If you’re seeing these, it will usually require an expert to diagnose what is going on with your home.
- Cracks in drywall. These usually appear above windows and door frames and run at an angle. It is a sign that your house is literally shearing the drywall apart.
- Cracked tiles. If you notice a cracked tile — or more telling, a row of cracked tiles — grab a 4-foot level. It’ll not only help you determine the slope of the floor, but its straight edge will help you find out what caused the crack. If the straight edge shows everything to be flat, it’s likely a separation/contraction crack, which isn’t necessarily anything to worry about. If one side of the crack is sloping, it could mean that part of the home is sinking.
- Sticking doors and windows. If it’s difficult to open and close your door or, conversely, you’re noticing more daylight than usual coming through the crack above the door, the shifting foundation has begun to affect the wall and doorway.
Can I sell a house with a cracked foundation?
You can. It simply must be disclosed to the seller, and they can agree to buy the house on the terms that they’d be accepting the foundation “as is.” It can sometimes be hard to sell a house with a problematic foundation on the traditional market. Many buyers simply aren’t willing to take on such an expensive and involved repair task right after signing their papers. That’s why many homeowners turn to I Buy Your House Cash. If you’re ready to just get rid of the home and start fresh, we’re prepared to make a cash offer and close in as soon as a week. Just call +1 305 766 3775 to get started.