You may think minor structural problems can be ignored, but they may end up causing significant issues if they aren’t corrected. Pay attention to any structural damages and hire a professional to make the necessary repairs before they become safety hazards. Below are some of the signs of structural problems at home.

Cracks on the Walls and Ceiling

Take note of any cracks found on the ceiling and walls. These indicate structural problems and need attention before major damage occurs. The larger the crack, the more severe the problem.

Cracks on the walls and ceiling can be from poor quality construction or water damage to the foundation. Have a home inspector look for the source of any cracks and recommend repairs.

Uneven Floors are Signs of Structural Problems

Uneven floors are also a clear indicator of structural problems. Improper construction, water or termite damage, a shifting foundation, or weak support beams will result in a sloping or uneven floor. This is typical in older homes because the foundation may shift over time.

Sagging or Leaking Roof From Structural Problems

Most roofs have a lifespan of approximately 20-30 years, depending on the material. You should not expect to see any sagging or roof leaks if the roof is within its lifespan. If you notice any sagging on your roofline, it is important to have your home inspected for structural problems. Some of these include:

    • Termite damage
    • Weather-related damages
    • Lack of proper maintenance
    • Removal of a load-bearing wall

Repair roof leaks as soon as possible, as they can lead to costly water damage. Routine maintenance will help increase the lifespan of your roof.

Windows Show Signs of Structural Problems

Difficulty opening or closing windows could be a key sign of structural problems. A shifting structure will cause a window frame to skew, making it tough to open, shut or lock. This could be due to materials expanding and contracting or it could be related to something bigger that should be addressed.

Keep an eye out for pressure cracks running horizontally across the window panes. If you observe any, have your structure inspected for structural issues.

Minor structural problems in your home will lead to more severe ones if no repairs are made. Look for any possible structural issues in your home and if you notice any, contact a professional to inspect it and recommend repairs before it becomes worse. By doing this, you will protect your home and keep your family safe.

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