Growing up in a house full of girls, I unofficially took on the role as my father's only son. So when the time came to fix a leaky sink or change the oil in the family car, it was me that stood by my father's side. Thanks to him and everything he taught me, I am now able to take care of myself and my children in a way that not everyone can. I have tried over the years to engage my own daughter in the same way my father engaged me, but she's currently more interested in playing with dolls than fixing potholes. After my father passed away last year, I vowed to find a way to pass on everything he taught me, this blog is my way of keeping that promise. I truly hope that you learn as much as I have over the years.
You realize that one of the doors in your home is not opening and closing smoothly. It seems like it has shifted out of place and is now hanging wonky in its frame. If you know anything about foundation problems at all, you will probably immediately let your mind go to that particular concern. However, there can be situations when a door problem is just a door problem and not a sign of foundation issues. Take a look at some of the things you should examine to determine if you have an issue with just the door or if you have an issue with your home's foundation.
Are there cracks in the walls around the door frame?
If the support system that holds a door or door frame in place changes, it can cause the door frame to break away from the connected drywall. The change will result in cracks and fissures that stem from the door and outward into the drywall. Most of the time, the cracks will be visible just over the top of the door frame or at the corners. Take a look to see if you see any cracks or cracks starting to form. If you do not see any, it may not be a foundation problem.
Is the floor beneath the door even with the rest of the house?
One of the reasons a door will stop closing properly into its frame is that the structure beneath the door has changed. In a lot of cases, it is not just the door that is not closing properly; there will be changes in the levelness of the floor as well. Sometimes changes can be easily spotted with a visual examination, but if you are still in doubt, check for levelness by pouring a small amount of water on the floor and see if it rolls to one direction or the other.
Do you have reason to suspect foundation trouble?
This may seem like an obvious question to ask, but it is something to think about. If you already suspect foundation issues and suddenly have problems with one of your interior doors, you may have more of a reason to be concerned. For instance, if you have had issues with other windows or doors, live in a home in an area where there has been recent flooding, or have an old house, you may want to be more vigilant about checking for problems.
If you suspect that you have foundation issues, contact a company that offers foundation repair services for assistance.