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Buying a house is often the biggest investment a person will make. As a homeowner, it’s your responsibility to maintain your property. Structural problems can lead to serious damage and decreased property value. Let’s look at some signs of structural problems in a home.

Common Signs of Structural Problems in a Home

Structural issues may start out as minor problems in a home. Over time, these issues can worsen, endangering your property and your family.

Doors or Windows that Don’t Close Properly

If you have doors and windows that previously functioned properly and now will no longer close, this usually means that something is wrong. If a window or door becomes stuck this may indicate something has shifted in the foundation of your home. Often these shifts are due to soft soil and uneven settling. Call a professional for a thorough inspection to determine the cause of the problem.

Sloping Floors are Signs of Structural Problems

Sloping and uneven floors can be signs of structural problems. If you notice that water runs toward one side of the kitchen when something is spilled or a child’s toy rolls across the floor, hire someone to inspect your floor supports and foundation. You may have rotting support posts or beams that are failing.

Leaking and Sagging Roof

Roof leaks mean that you already have problems with your home. A sagging roof is a sign that the support system may be rotted or damaged. These issues can occur due to wear and tear, moisture damage, lack of roofing maintenance, or improper construction practices.

If you notice the roofline of your home is not straight or sagging, call a roofing professional to assess the situation and make repairs or replace the roof.

Termites Cause Structural Problems in a Home

If you see tube-like mud tunnels running along the sides of your home or the foundation, it is almost certain that you have termites. These insects cause damage by eating at the wooden components of a property. You may also notice tiny holes in walls, exposed timbers, or furniture. Consult a pest inspector for damage assessment and treatment.

Cracks on Walls and Ceilings

Both interior and exterior walls can develop cracks when the home shifts. Not all cracks mean that you have a structural problem, however, it’s best to hire a professional to take a look at the situation. Catching these problems early usually means less damage to your home and less expensive repairs.

Signs of Structural Problems with the Chimney

Your chimney is another place where you may see signs of structural problems. Look for cracks in the brick and mortar. If the chimney is pulling away from the home, this could be a sign that the ground has shifted. It’s important to hire a professional to troubleshoot any issues you notice.

If you’re concerned about the structure of your home, it’s best to hire a professional as soon as possible. Catching a problem early may mean an easier repair at a lower cost to you.

Outlook Home Inspections provides inspection services to customers in Charlotte and upstate South Carolina. Contact us to schedule an appointment.