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If you have noticed an odd mildewy smell coming from your basement, you may start to suspect that your home's foundation is damaged and is allowing water to leak inside. However, you may not be able to see the water leak or even cracks in the walls. If so, look for the following signs elsewhere that may indicate that your home's foundation is damaged and in need of repairs.
1. Gaps Start Forming Around Windows and Door Facings
One place to look for signs of possible foundation damage is the areas around your home's windows and door facings. When your home was first built, the walls and floors were constructed to lay evenly on the foundation.
However, if the foundation starts to crack or even crumble, the structures on top of it will start to shift because the foundation can no longer fully support their weight. The shifting of the walls will cause them to stand unevenly, which is apparent when you start finding gaps between the window frames and door facings.
If the foundation is not repaired and reinforced, these gaps will only increase in size. Not only will these gaps possibly allow bugs into your house, but you may find that your heating and cooling bills will start to rise as air passes through the openings.
2. Wallpaper on the First-Story Walls Starts Wrinkling
Even if you do not see any gaps around your windows and doors, there could still be some damage to the foundation that is causing the walls to shift. You may see evidence of this by looking at the appearance of your wallpaper.
While wallpaper adheres rather well to the walls, it is laid on a set surface to keep the paper smooth. However, if the walls start to shift, the wallpaper may be pulled in one direction. This can lead to wrinkling of the wallpaper.
Although the wrinkling of the wallpaper can be observed anywhere on your walls, it is most evident in the corners and toward the ceiling. This is because the walls and ceiling will start to push and pull against each other, moving the wallpaper with them.
If you notice either or both of the signs discussed above, your home's foundation is likely damaged. Before the damage becomes worse, contact a concrete contractor who offers foundation repair services to have them fully inspect the structures and discuss with you options for fixing any issues they may find.