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Foundation Problem Signs

Understanding foundation problem signs is the first step to solving them, learn what to look for. 

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Discovering a foundation problem at your greater Charlotte home can be devastating. In addition to your home typically being your greatest asset, it’s also your security. If you’re noticing bowing basement walls, foundation wall cracks, or sticking doors and windows, Dry Pro Foundation and Crawlspace Specialists can help. Browse the problem signs below to learn more about what’s happening at your home.  

Common Foundation Problem Signs 

Identifying you have a problem at your Charlotte or Hickory home is the first step to solving it. Our team at Dry Pro has more than 20 years of experience diagnosing and repairing foundation problems in your area. Below are some of the most common foundation problem signs homeowners notice.  

Corner cracks on interior of home near upper right frame of door

Wall Cracks 

It’s not uncommon for homeowners to notice a wall crack and simply ignore it. However, regardless of where the crack is located, wall cracks can be the first red flag that you have a foundation problem. Charlotte homeowners should look for cracks in exterior brickwork, drywall cracks upstairs, or cracks in the walls of your basement or crawl space. If left untreated, water entry can occur, creating additional problems and clean-up.  

Gap in window frame due to foundation settling. Leads to sticking doors and windows

Sticking Doors and Windows 

When your home begins to settle, it rarely does so evenly. This means previously square areas of your home, like door and window frames, are no longer even. This leads to sticking problems and issues with opening or closing properly. While it’s tempting to create a bandage solution, the fix is only temporary since the root cause isn’t being addressed.  

cracking and bowing basement wall

Bowing Walls 

Bowing basement walls are a common foundation problem sign because of Charlotte and Hickory’s clay-based soils. When clay becomes saturated, it expands rapidly, pushing on basement and crawl space walls causing them to crack and bow inward. Homeowners will commonly notice a horizontal crack through the wall. Addressing this problem quickly allows more repair options to be available to you.  

Chimney separating from brick house

Tilting Chimney 

While a tilting chimney may seem like a chimney issue rather than a foundation problem, once you understand the reason it’s sinking, it becomes clear why a tilting or leaning chimney is not an isolated incident. Since the soil beneath the chimney isn’t stable enough to support it, it’s a clear indication the soil is definitely not strong enough to support the rest of your home. Once chimney tilting is noticed, you should have a foundation inspector evaluate the problem as soon as possible.  


Stop Foundation Problems Today! Dry Pro Can Help Charlotte Homeowners. 

The Charlotte and Hickory area is no stranger to foundation problems. From collapsing retaining walls, floor cracks, and bowing basement walls, foundation problems are nothing to ignore. Your basement and crawl space deserve a permanent solution. From helical piers to wall anchors, Dry Pro Foundation and Crawl Space Specialist can help. With more than 1,000 positive reviews and an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, you can rest easy knowing you’re making the right decision.  

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