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Is your house safe? Use this checklist to find out.

Aug 4

You may be astonished at how secure your home is when you hear about a building that has been destroyed in a tragedy. Although it may look sturdy, it is not indestructible. Each house has five main systems that help keep it livable. Each system has potential problems that could lead to disaster if they are not repaired.

Signs of foundation or structure problems

The foundation of your home is often made from concrete. It connects the structure to the ground. The structure or frame above that can be made from concrete, wood, metal, or a combination of both. The plywood subfloor is located beneath your feet. These are what keep your house upright, so it is important to be aware when you see signs of structural problems. Pay attention to:

  • Visible cracks in the exterior or chimney of the house
  • Doors and windows that stick to the wall, won't open or close easily or don't lock or latch properly.
  • Doors that don't close properly
  • Cracks in the drywall around doors and windows
  • Vinyl or tile floor cracks
  • Basement or crawl space walls showing bowing or long cracks
  • Window glass cracks are now visible
  • Exterior walls are being ripped apart by soil
  • Floors that slope to one side or sink in the middle
  • Baseboards that separate from the wall
  • Mold where the roof meets exterior walls

These signs aren't necessarily the most obvious, but they can indicate problems with the foundation and walls. Stains under your windows can indicate water getting around the frame. Due to gaps between the gutter edge and the roof's edge, or rusted leaky gutters, H2O could also seep into your basement, walls, and attic. Unwanted water can cause mold growth and damage your home.

Hidden problems can also be found on floors. If they feel strangely bouncy or soft, have high and low places, and/or make cracking or popping sounds underfoot, they could be deteriorating--possibly due to a termite infestation or water intrusion. If left untreated, weak floors could collapse.

You should also look out for signs such as bubbly or cracked interior paint, small dry mud tubes running from the foundation to the exterior finish, and numerous tiny holes in the wood or drywall if you suspect termites. If these insects are not treated promptly, they can cause irreparable damage to a wooden structure. A licensed exterminator should inspect your house and give you the appropriate treatment. 


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Oakland, California, USA