1. Interior indicators of movement

  • Misaligned or out of square doors
  • Separation in molding or cabinets
  • Cracks in sheetrock, commonly found at corners of windows and doors
  • Difficulty opening or closing windows
  • Gaps between the wall and ceiling or floor
  • Sloping or unlevel floors
  • Cracks in tile or gaps between floor planks

2. Exterior indicators of movement

  • Cracks in brick and mortar
  • Foundation cracks in the slab or perimeter beam (1/16 inch wide cracks or narrower are generally not a major structural concern)
  • Gaps between windows/doors and exterior siding
  • Frieze board separation
  • Gaps on either side of the garage door

Homes in Dallas Forth Worth have been known to have foundation issues. There are typical indicators that may appear if the foundation is experiencing movement. Some movement is expected and considered normal. Most cracks and visual signs of movement are cosmetic in nature and will likely vary in severity depending on the season. A licensed structural engineer can help you differentiate between normal foundation settlement and more significant issues that may require repairs.