3 Signs Your Home Is Structurally Compromised 

3 Signs Your Home Is Structurally Compromised 

The following contribution is from another author.

A structurally compromised house can harbor hazards that can harm you and your family. For starters, your property can collapse since its structure is too weak to offer the needed support. And this event can cause major injuries and even death. Structural damage is usually caused by poor construction quality, erosion, harsh weather, lack of maintenance, insufficient drainage, and so on. Indeed, you can quickly detect and address some problems, such as sewage in your basement shower. However, others come undetected until they have caused significant damage. Therefore, looking for signs can help you prevent this. That said, here are common indicators that your home is structurally compromised. 

Foundational cracks

The foundation is a fundamental part of your property, as it evenly distributes the vertical load of your belongings, household, and building materials to the soil. Moreover, it prevents soil from pushing your house out of position. Therefore, all issues with your foundation should be inspected and addressed promptly, as they can compromise your home’s structural integrity. One thing to look out for is foundation cracks. Admittedly, some cracks may only pose a cosmetic problem. However, others may require professional help to prevent significant damage. 

It’s worth noting that several factors can cause these cracks, including water damage, settlement, tree roots, and poor construction. Fortunately, you can correct this with the right steps. For instance, you can fix hairline cracks with good masonry paint. However, a narrow crack spanning ⅛ inch should be closely inspected for expansion for several months. And if there is no expansion, you can seal it with grout or other effective alternatives. Cracks larger than ½ inch indicate structural problems and must be handled by professionals. 

Tiny holes in wood and drywall or mud tubes on the foundation

You may face a termite infestation if you notice tiny holes in your drywall, wooden frames, or dry mud tubes on your foundation. Indeed, termites have voracious appetites and can quickly chew through your home’s wooden structure. Unaddressed can compromise your home’s structure, leading to expensive repairs and even collapsing your property. Worse, termites can be challenging to eradicate since they multiply quickly. Seeing these dangers, you should address this issue immediately. 

Although termite extermination is best left to the pros, you can still DIY this project successfully. However, it’s important to determine the termite species to choose the most appropriate treatment. For instance, boric acid, orange, or neem oil can eliminate dry wood termites. On the other hand, subterranean termites can be eliminated with termite baits and barriers, insecticides, and so on. 

Sagging roof 

Since your roof protects your household from harsh weather, keeping it in top-notch condition makes sense. Therefore, a sagging roof may indicate a problem with your home’s structure. Your roof may not get the needed structural support due to foundation damage, poor construction, etc. If you notice a bow in the roofline, waviness on the roof planes, or a dip in the flat parts of your roof, your room may be sagging. Fixing a sagging roof is possible with the right strategies. For instance, you may invest in bolstering as additional support if your roof is relatively new. However, you may need a replacement if it is an older roof. A credible roofing company can assist you with whatever solution you opt for. 


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).

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