Many structural issues like exposed gaps between walls, warped ceilings, and uneven flooring, require extensive repairs. Experts recommend scheduling an inspection with a professional to assess the extent of the damage. Here are a few visible signs of structural problems.
Roof Leaks and Sagging Roofs are Structural Problems
Quality roofs are designed to last for up to three decades before they are replaced. Lack of maintenance and weather-related damage can cause roof leaks before a roof has reached the end of its lifespan.
Prompt roof repairs are essential because water can cause significant structural issues. An uneven or sagging roof indicates a problem with the roof structure. It could be due to incorrect framing, water damage, termite damage, or removal of load-bearing walls.
The leading causes of uneven floors are a settling foundation and improper construction. Hire a professional structural contractor to assess a flooring issue and recommend repairs. Inadequate sub-floor supports, termite damage, and cracked floor joists can also cause uneven floors.
Timber Rot Causes Structural Problems
Hardwood is a durable material, however, homeowners may need to treat their timber to protect it from premature decay. Wood that’s exposed to the elements is more vulnerable to fungus and mold, which can cause serious damage to property.
Visible Structural Damage on Ceilings
Warped or sagging ceilings could be a sign of structural problems. Homeowners should repair visible cracks running across the ceiling as soon as possible to prevent further damage. The same goes for sagging ceilings. Hire a professional to investigate the cause of the problem and repair it to prevent further deterioration.
Structural Problems May Cause Wall Cracks
While not all wall cracks are a sign of structural damage, homeowners should keep an eye on them. Cracked walls accompanied by uneven floors and roof leaks indicate serious structural issues.
Exposure to chemicals and high moisture causes brickwork and concrete to crumble. When the concrete absorbs chlorides and salts, a chemical reaction occurs that forces the concrete to expand. Absorbed salts can also react with steel and cause corrosion. Another sign of concrete issues is mortar erosion below the waterproofing membrane and brickwork.
Stuck Windows and Doors
Windows that get stuck and doors that no longer open or close easily are signs of a foundation problem. A shift underneath the foundation is the leading cause of this. Slab heave is a common problem for homes built on clay or concrete slabs. An increase of moisture underneath the foundation can cause the slab to expand, resulting in structural issues that only a professional can fix.