The structural integrity of your home is vital for your property’s safety, security, and longevity. Unfortunately, certain signs can indicate that your home is suffering from structural issues. Knowing what to look out for can help you avoid costly repairs. Here are a few tips for identifying structural problems in your home.

Uneven Floors are Signs of Structural Problems in Your Home

If you notice that your floors are sagging or uneven, this could be a sign of a more severe issue, such as foundation damage or rot in the joists beneath your flooring. When inspecting for this issue, pay attention to any visible dips or slopes in the flooring and any changes in elevation between various rooms. This can indicate shifts and movement deep within the structure of your home. A professional can assess the area and determine what repairs need to be made so you can rest assured that your home is safe and structurally sound.

Doors & Windows Not Closing Properly

If you’re having trouble closing doors and windows, this could indicate misaligned frames due to the shifting of the house. This misalignment can also lead to air leaks around doors and windows, affecting energy bills. If doors and windows are becoming difficult to close or if doors swing open on their own, contact a professional contractor who can inspect the area and advise on further repairs.

Structural Problems in Your Home: Cracks In Walls/Ceilings

Cracks along interior walls and ceilings can signify significant issues with the foundation and framing of a house. These cracks are often caused by settling: one side of a foundation begins to sink lower than the other. To determine whether these cracks are cause for concern or merely cosmetic imperfections, check if they’re wider at one end or running diagonally across walls/ceilings, as these particular patterns indicate potential issues with your home’s foundation and warrant further investigation.

Your home’s structural integrity is essential to its safety and overall value. Paying attention to subtle signs like uneven floors, cracking walls/ceilings, or difficulty opening doors/windows can help you pinpoint potential issues before they become major problems. With maintenance and regular inspections from experienced professionals, you’ll ensure that your home remains structurally sound for years to come.

JBS Home Inspections provides inspection services to customers in the greater Boston area. Contact us to schedule an appointment.