As a building owner or owner’s representative it’s often difficult to tell if you have a foundation problem. Let’s assume that while on a property walk, you notice multiple cracks forming along an exterior building wall. Obviously, you want to take care of this issue ASAP as it does not look aesthetically pleasing. It may only be normal thermal movement, but there is also a chance you may have foundation movement, which is a serious issue and needs to be addressed for the integrity of the building.
How do you distinguish a potential foundation repair problem? Some of the most common problem signs along the exterior of the building may include cracks in the stucco, cracks in the foundation, stair step cracking in block buildings or shifting in the walls (rotating in or out). Along the interior of the building some of the most common problem signs are doors and windows that stick, cracks in brick or sheetrock, and floors that slope or are cracked.