Windows & Doors Sticking or Jammed
Foundation Problems That Lead To Sticking Windows & Doors
Your windows or doors are sticking, jamming, or your doors have non-functioning locks.
This could include:
- Diagonal cracks that start at top corners of windows & door openings
- Doors don't open or close properly.
- Windows need extra force to open & close.
- Floors Are Uneven, Or Dip & Sag
Foundation settlement will often cause cracks around window and door openings because any opening in a structure is a weak point. This is especially true for load-bearing exterior walls.
While there are many issues that can lead to sticking windows and doors, the two most common foundation-related causes are settlement and crawl space supports that have settled, shifted, or deteriorated.
Identifying Problems With Windows & Doors
Any problem with a home can be distressing, and doubly so when there's a problem with your foundation. Foundation problems related to sticking windows and doors are among the most obvious and inconvenient of them all.
We depend on windows and doors for ventilation, security, and aesthetic appeal. So when they don't operate correctly or don't look good because of skewed openings or cracks around openings, it's clear that something must be done.
Window and door cracks that are connected to foundation problems have two common sources:
Because of varying soil conditions in Mississippi, a foundation will never settle in uniform manner. Uneven settlement causes sections of a foundation or slab to crack and shift, while other sections remain in their original positions when they were built.
Concrete foundations and slabs will crack due to soil settlement. Wood framing supported above is more likely to bend or twist. This results in skewed openings for windows and doors and sometimes floors that dip.
The drywall fastened to wood framing is not as flexible, so it's more likely to crack -- especially at the corners of window and doors. When a house has a brick or stone exterior, a settled foundation is likely to have cracks in these upper masonry surfaces due to a lack of flexibility
At Foundation Recovery Systems of Mississippi, we address foundation settlement issues by installing foundation piers at key locations. The piers extend to stable, load-bearing soil, attached to the foundation with steel brackets. This repair work prevents further settling -- and can even allow the foundation to be jacked back to its original position.
Once the foundation is raised back up, cracks in the wall will close. Doors, locks, and windows may return to functionality, and further settlement damage will halt.
We offer two different types of foundation piers to address foundation settlement: push piers and helical piers. With both solutions, there's a 25-year manufacturer's warranty, as well as our own performance warranty.
Crawl Space Supports that are Sinking
Crawl spaces are often poorly designed. Many times they have too few support columns, floor joists and girders that are rotted, and supports to sink because of bad soil below.
As the crawl space structure system sinks, the floor that it supports will sink as well. And as the floor sinks, it will pull the interior walls that are attached to it downwards.
As the walls sink, they pull apart, leaving cracks in your interior walls. And as the home warps, doors inside the home will jam and become difficult to open or shut.
We repair crawl space structural issues with crawl space support jacks. We begin by excavating a hole for each support and creating a base of engineered fill. A pre-cast concrete base is installed on top of the fill, and the support post is mounted on top.
Once installed, our crawl space support posts will stop your floor from sinking and sagging. These adjustable jacks can also be modified to attempt to lift your floors and walls back to a level position.
Crawl space suport posts install quickly -- with an installation usually being completed in about a day. They provide a superior solution to other repairs, such as concrete columns, shimming, and light-duty jack posts.
Your Local Foundation Repair Experts in Mississippi
Any problem with a home can be stressful. However, it's good to know that a local Mississippi foundation contractor can have the damage quickly repaired -- restoring value and stability to your home.
If you have a problem with your foundation, we can help. At Foundation Recovery Systems of Mississippi, we offer free, no-obligation foundation repair quotes within our Mississippi or Louisiana service area. Each free quote includes an on-site inspection, personal consultation, and written estimate.
To schedule your free quote, call or e-mail us today!