The earlier you can recognize the damage to the foundation in your house, the easier the repairs will be.

If left unchecked and unrepaired damage to the base will escalate overnight, which ensures that any damage-related repairs will be more costly and time consuming.

As a homeowner, here are some of the warning signs that you should keep an eye out for: cracks in bricks: if you see cracks in bricks on the outside or inside of your home–particularly cracks that are wider at the top of the wall and narrower at the bottom –these could be indicators that your home is suffering from damage to the foundation.

Cracks in your walls: the same goes for flooring in your house–if cracks have started to occur in the tiles or floors of your home, it could be a sign that your home base is suffering from settlement issues.

Cracks in the corners of your walls: When you find cracks in the side of your house or cracks around doors and windows, this may be a sign that your home needs to fix the foundation.

Cracks in the stucco: cracks that appear to have a stair-like pattern in the stucco around your home may indicate that there are major fundamental issues at play.

Gaps in doors or windows, or doors and windows that lock: If the doors and windows in your home have started to create gaps or are beginning to stick, this may mean that there are structural problems with the house.

Issues with the garage door: When you find holes between the garage door and the frame, broken bricks or walls that seem to be bent, these can all be indicators that there are structural problems with the house and/or base.

If you have encountered any of the above problems, please contact the Foundation Expert–such as Weisntein Construction–to get your home checked for any foundation issues. Click here to schedule a free inspection of your foundation.

Older homes are much more susceptible to foundation problems. Many of these problems tend to arise when homes have reached the 10-year mark since they were built. Soil, construction, tree roots and plumbing leaks can all cause fundamental problems and compromise the structural integrity of the land.

Today, more than ever, it’s important to be vigilant in the planning and protection of earthquakes.

Weisntein Construction is a Los Angeles Foundation inspection, foundation contractor and foundation repair expert. Weisntein Engineering, has surveyed more than 15,000 buildings, collaborating with engineering firms and local engineering and safety departments. Over the last five years, the company has made more foundation repairs in Los Angeles than any other company in the area.