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What Can Your Doors Tell You About Your Home's Foundation Issues?

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If you are concerned that there might be foundation damage in your home, you have probably thought about taking a look at the foundation itself. Although the exterior of your home's foundation can give you some clues about this type of damage, it isn't the only place to look if you think there might be a problem.

Believe it or not, taking a look at your doors can also give you an idea of whether or not you are dealing with foundation damage. Look for these signs, and if you notice any of them, you may want to hire a foundation repair company to come out and take a look.

Doors Don't Close Well One of the first and most noticeable signs of foundation damage is when your doors stop opening and closing properly. If you have to slam your doors to get them to close—or if they don't close at all—then it could be due to shifting of your home. Another way to check is by checking your windows; if they don't open or close smoothly, then foundation damage could be the cause.

Cracking Around Door Casing You might have heard that cracks in your walls can be a sign of foundation damage, and one of the first places to look for these cracks is around your door casing. Even minor hairline cracks in this area can be a strong sign that your foundation is damaged. Basically, these cracks result from your walls and door casing literally pushing and pulling away from one another.

Nails or Screws That are Popping Out Look at the nails and screws that hold your door in place and that hold your hardware against your door casing. These nails and screws should be held firmly in place and should be flush against the wall. If they are starting to pull away from the wall, the problem is probably related to the door and wall shifting due to foundation damage. If you screw or nail them back into the door casing and notice a similar problem in the near future, it's probably because of your foundation.

As you can see, your doors can tell you a lot about potential foundation damage to your home. Take a good look at your interior doors, and if you notice any of these issues, then you should probably call a foundation repair company such as RAC Construction Company as soon as possible.