• Sticking Doors & Windows
• Cracked Brick
• Sheering Drywall
• Leaky Basement Walls
• Musky Smell
• Damp Crawlspace
Signs of foundation settling include sloping floors, cracked exterior brick, horizontal lines in your cinder block walls have a downward trajectory, or a sagging basement floor.
Just like the "hip bone's connected to the thigh bone," your foundation is connected to the rest of your home's skeleton, and problems with one can cause problems in the other.
Seasonally expanding and contracting soil and water pressure can gradually pulverize the grout between your cinderblocks, the cinderblocks themselves, or even poured concrete walls.
Like an old, leaky, poorly drained castle, your crumbling basement or crawlspace walls may be letting in moisture and providing a perfect breeding environment for all sorts of pungent microbes.
In a house with a basement it is fairly obvious when your basement walls are leaking. If your basement is hospitable enough, then you will probably see the problem long before you smell it.
Your crawlspace can easily be forgotten. You might not realize the walls of your foundation are leaking until that distinctive odor of mold and mildew start to wind their way through your floorboard.
The foundation really is the most important part of a home. Investing in additional reinforcement for your basement or crawlspace walls will prevent future headaches, ultimately saving rather than costing money.