If you think your foundation might need to be fixed, you should take care of it right away to keep your home from getting worse. Your base may need to be fixed if any of these things happen:
How to Tell If Your Foundation Needs Repair

Wall or floor cracks
    Cracks that run vertically or diagonally: These can mean that the base is settling or shifting.
    Cracks that run horizontally are often a sign of major structural problems, especially in basement walls.
    Floor Cracks: Concrete floor cracks can mean there are problems with the base.

Windows and doors don't close properly
    If your doors and windows won't close or stick, it could mean that your base is moving.

Floors that are uneven or sloped
    Floors that slope or sag can be a sign of a problem with the base, especially if the problem gets worse over time.

Outside doors or window frames with gaps
    If there are gaps or spaces around window frames or outdoor doors, it could mean that the foundation is shifting or settling.

Walls that are bowing or bulging
    Walls in the basement or on the outside that bow or bulge are often a sign of major foundation problems.

Getting water into a basement or crawl space
    When there is water in the basement or crawl space for a long time, it can weaken the floor and cause more damage.

Walls that are separate from the house
    Foundation problems can be seen when the outside walls of the house are not attached to the rest of the house or when there are holes between the walls and the roof.

Cracks in the chimney
    You might have base settlement if the chimney has cracks or is leaning.

What to Do If You Think Your Foundation Might Be Problematic

Visually check the item.
    Keep an eye out for the above signs both inside and outside your house.

Keep an eye on things
    If you see cracks or other signs, keep an eye on them over time to see if they get worse. Take pictures and data to help you remember.

Talk to a Professional
    Get in touch with a structural engineer or a foundation repair professional to look at the problem carefully and give you an opinion.

Get Several Quotes
    If repairs are needed, get prices from several reputable foundation repair companies to get an idea of how much the work will cost and how big the problems are.

Take care of the root cause.
    To avoid future foundation problems, make sure that any underlying problems are fixed. These could be things like bad drainage or plumbing leaks.

Preventative Steps

Maintain Good Drainage: Use proper grading, downspouts, and gutters to make sure that water flows away from your base.
Check the level of moisture: To keep the earth around your foundation from expanding and contracting too much, keep the moisture level steady.
Regular Inspections: Check your foundation often, especially after big storms or changes in the amount of water in the ground.

Problems with the foundation can get worse and cost a lot if they are not fixed quickly. Being cautious and getting professional help can help you limit damage and keep your home’s structure strong.