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Your home should be the place where you feel the safest. But if your home has issues with the foundation, it’s likely always in the back of your mind that your home isn’t as safe as it could or should be.

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Once you know that your home is having foundation issues, you can take steps to fix those problems and make your home a safe place once more. However, many people don’t realize that their home is having foundation problems until the issues are very pronounced. So to help you address these problems sooner rather than later, here are three signs that your home might have problems with the foundation

Any Bowing, Sagging, or Sinking

If you don’t take the time to survey your home on a regular basis, you might not notice signs of foundation issues until they’re large and staring you in the face. Some of these most obvious signs, according to Gordon K. Hurd, a contributor to Realtor.com, are any bowing, sagging, or sinking around your home.

Most commonly, you’ll see bowing in your basement walls where the pressure of your weakening foundation is causing them to collapse in on themselves. As for sagging or sinking, things like your porch, crawl space, or chimney could begin showing these signs before other areas of your home. 

If you see or suspect any of these things around your home, make sure you bring in a professional to check things out, as these are typically signs that foundation issues have been going on for quite some time and could be very dangerous. 

Noticeable Gaps Or Cracks Where There Shouldn’t Be

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While all buildings are going to settle and shift a bit, it’s the big movements that you should be concerned with when it comes to foundation issues. 

According to Terri Wililams, a contributor to Freshome.com, cracks shouldn’t generally be too concerning unless you start seeing bigger gaps starting to form. The places you should be on the lookout for the biggest issues with gaps include between the walls and the floors, between the walls and the ceiling, above your kitchen cabinets, and between your garage door and the pavement. 

Issues With Doors, Windows, and Flooring

In addition to gaps, having other issues with your doors, windows, or flooring could also be a sign that there are bigger problems taking place with your foundation. 

Jeanne Huber, a contributor to House Logic, shares that if your doors or windows are having a hard time opening or staying closed, if there are large cracks above your doors or windows, or if the flooring of your home feels broken up underneath your feet, it’s likely your foundation that is causing these issues. 

If you’ve noticed any of the above-mentioned issues around your home, consider getting your foundation looked at to ensure that your home is safe and secure.