Structural damage to your house can be dangerous for your family and may lead to costly repairs. As a homeowner, it’s helpful to know what to look for. Here are some of the most common signs of structural problems at home.
If the roofing structure isn’t strong enough to support the weight of roofing materials, the roof may begin to sag and could eventually collapse. Sagging can also be due to a cumulative effect of moisture problems and water damage. A leak may compromise the structural integrity of the roof by causing the supports to rot.
If you notice your roofline is not straight and seems to dip in the center, contact a professional to assess the condition of the roofing materials and the structure. It’s likely you’ll need repairs and an entirely new roof.
Cracks in Walls and Ceilings are Signs of Structural Problems
Cracks in the walls and ceilings of your home are one of the most obvious signs of structural problems. These may occur because of moisture damage due to leaky plumbing, improperly installed drywall, or settling of the foundation.
There are different types of cracks you may notice in walls or ceilings. Those that look like spiderwebs aren’t usually a problem, other than aesthetically. Cracks in the ceiling that are accompanied by sagging are most likely caused by structural issues. Cracks that occur in the gap between the ceiling and the walls indicate the foundation is settling. Those, as well as stair-step-shaped cracks that run along your walls, should be examined by a professional.
An uneven floor usually occurs when the floor’s structure is weakened due to age or moisture damage. The most serious cases happen because of a problem with the foundation. It is important that you hire a professional to determine the cause of the uneven floors. Foundation issues could lead to other problems throughout the home.
Tiny Holes in Drywall Can Indicate Structural Problems
Tiny holes in wood or drywall are a sign of a termite infestation. Termites destroy wood and an infestation can cause serious structural problems. Call a pest-control specialist to identify signs of termites and offer solutions.