Louisiana residents continue to grapple with the recurring challenge of flooding. So, it is important to take note of some key issues that may arise in the aftermath of these events. While floods cause significant damage to homes, the potential for foundation problems can persist long after the floodwaters recede. Homeowners must remain vigilant and aware of warning signs indicating foundation problems as they work to repair the immediate flood damage. Learn about three red flags to help you identify and address foundation issues following a flood with WCK Foundation Repair.
Windows Won’t Open
If you are trying to air out your house, you will probably be opening up windows you don’t normally open. If you have difficulty opening some of your windows or they are stuck and refuse to budge, this could be an indication of a foundation problem. It could also be possible that the heat and humidity have caused the wooden studs around the frame to swell. This can put pressure on the window itself, making it harder to open.
Having difficulty opening windows alone may not definitively indicate a foundation problem. However, it can serve as a valuable warning sign to prompt you to look for other potential symptoms.
Cracks in Your Floors
You may notice a few cracks as you pull up your carpet, tile, or hardwood floors and expose the cement slab underneath. Cracks in your slab are actually pretty natural. As the house settles, most slabs will incur a crack or two.
So, how can you tell if the crack you’re seeing is a problem or part of the settling process? The size of the crack is a good indicator. If it is just a hairline crack that doesn’t extend far, it’s not a problem. But the wider and longer the crack is, the more you should be concerned.
Follow the wide crack and see if it leads to the exterior of the home. If you see the crack going out and down the footing of the home, then that is indication your foundation has moved and should be checked. The footing of the foundation is the concrete below the brick line of the exterior.
Mold or Mildew Behind Walls
When tearing out sheetrock, look for mold or mildew on the inside of the wall. Mold and mildew need warmth and moisture to grow. If you have mold or mildew inside your walls, you need to determine where that moisture is coming from. If you previously had a leak in your roof or plumbing, it could be the cause. But, if that mold or mildew is near a crack in the slab, it could be coming from the ground beneath your foundation, which would be a problem.
Experiencing Foundation Problems After a Flood? We Can Help
It’s important to remember that no single sign is a definite diagnosis of foundation problems from a flood. However, following up on any concerns is always a wise choice. Don’t risk ignoring a larger issue. The best action is to call a foundation repair expert like WCK Foundation for an inspection. With our expertise, you can have peace of mind knowing that your home is safe and secure. You can even try out our foundation damage quiz! Contact us today to schedule your inspection by messaging us online or calling (225) 664-5956. Don’t wait to get started on protecting your home’s foundation.