For a house to be structurally sound, the foundation, framing, and roof must all work together. If any one of these elements fails, the structural integrity of the home could be put at risk. Some of the most obvious evidence of structural damage are cracks in the interior drywall. Small cosmetic cracks are to be expected in most homes and are generally caused by minor settling of the building. However, large or reoccurring cracks can be a sign of a serious structural problem, caused by a shifting of the home versus minor settling. The underlying cause of this shifting can be attributed to a variety of things, including improper grading or compaction of the soil before construction.
When structural defects occur in these “bones” of the house they most commonly present themselves in the following manner:
- Cracked ceilings, walls and floors
- Windows and doors that will not close
- Broken or cracked windows
- Cracked tiles and flooring materials
- Cracked counter tops