Diagonal Cracks Coming from the Corners of Doors or Windows

Diagonal crack at top of door

Have you noticed a diagonal crack running from the corner of a window or door? If you’ve noticed this on your wall or walls, it could be a sign of a problem with your foundation.

Typically, foundation problems that cause these cracks at the corners of doors or windows also cause a few other symptoms. These signs include…

Look for these signs of structural damage. Checking for these will help start the process of finding and solving the problem. If it is foundation settlement that is causing this, it is better to identify and address it sooner than later.

Why Are These Cracks Appearing?

These diagonal cracks are an indication that your home’s foundation may be experiencing uneven settling.

If a section of your home is settling or sinking into the earth, you may notice drywall cracks, basement wall cracks, and foundation floor cracks. Uneven foundation settlement may occur due to soil erosion caused by groundwater. Over time, a void may be created as soil is displaced by water, making an area for a portion of the foundation to sink unevenly.

Another reason could be due to a failing floor system usually caused by high levels of moisture and wood rot. If your basement or crawlspace is having problems with invasive water or moisture, that can lead to wood rot in your floor joists, floorboards, and other wooden supports.

But whether it’s uneven settling or a failing floor system, one common cause behind these two problems is water. Along with foundation repairs, it is possible that you may need an interior waterproofing system to relocate incoming groundwater so that it doesn’t remain sitting against your foundation. This will help protect your foundation.

What Should You Do About These Diagonal Cracks at the Corners of Windows or Doors? Call ’58!

These diagonal cracks around windows and doors should not be ignored if they are connected with a foundation problem. Sinking or settling foundations will only get worse with time. As they worsen, the repair costs will go up and your property value could potentially go down.

At ’58 Foundations & Waterproofing, we specialize in identifying the reasons behind these cracks and creating customizable solutions to solve them. From foundation repair and basement waterproofing to crawlspace encapsulation, we have over 64 years of experience in keeping homes like yours safe, dry, and standing strong. We use only quality products and honest methods in our solutions including the use of our ’58 Strong Galvanized Helical Piers to stabilize and support sinking foundations. What’s more, you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with our industry-leading lifetime warranty.

Whether you live in Greensboro, NC, Ashland, VA, or Marietta, GA, we’ll be there for you! ’58 Foundations & Waterproofing has local offices throughout the Eastern Seaboard. Give us a call today to schedule for a free inspection and to receive a detailed estimate!

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