Q: What signs should I look for regarding my foundation's health?

A: Signs of foundation damage or foundation failure can be found both inside and outside of your home. If you answer "yes" to one or more of the following questions, you should look for professional help for your foundation.

Doors and Windows: Do your doors drag or stick? Can you easily lock or bolt your doors? Do your doors fit squarely into their frames?

Home Interior: Do you see cracking in sheetrock, especially at the corners of doors and windows? Do you see wrinkles in wallpaper or wall patches? Are there gaps between your walls and molding? Are your floors sloped or uneven?

Home Exterior: Are there cracks in your brickwork, particularly stair-step cracks in mortar or cracks directly through bricks? Are there notable cracks in exposed areas of your foundation slab? Are there excessive slopes or cracks in patios, porches, sidewalks, or driveways near your foundation slab? Are there gaps or joints around doors and windows that are not uniform? Are there gaps between the fascia boards at the corners of your home?

Q: Can large trees near my home's foundation cause damage?

A: Yes. These trees can overhang your home, taking moisture from the soil under your home's foundation, causing excessive erosion that could cause your slab to sink.