Do Most Older Homes Have Foundation Issues?


The modest hand-crafted components you don’t usually find in modern homes contribute to the beauty of an older home. A home’s longevity is frequently determined by its environment, the age in which it was built, and the materials used in its construction. Arizona historic homes often incorporate Pueblo Revival, Spanish Colonial style, and Tudor Revival architectural elements. These houses are most likely made of a range of materials, including stone, wood, and brick. To offer accurate repair recommendations, your foundation repair contractor should be familiar with the type and age of your property and the type of foundation repair service you might need.

Modern Concrete Slabs Compared to Older Foundations

With the influx of postwar housing, modern concrete slab foundations became common in the 1940s. Previously, foundations were frequently built with posts and beams, providing additional potential for damage. Furthermore, even slabs from the early days of concrete foundations are less stable due to their lack of reinforcement and how thin the slabs were. Because of this, we typically see settling in these older foundations. 

Foundation repair companies work to determine ways to help with that settling. We at Done Right for You are proud to offer some of the best foundation repair services in the area. So if you have found that your floors are heaving, have become uneven, or have another issue with your concrete, give us a call. We would be happy to help.

Common Foundation Issues in Older Homes

Homes older than 50 are typically considered “old” in the real estate market. The core concerns seen in older homes are referred to as “Warning Signs” in the industry. Contacting a specialist at the first sign of trouble is critical because it indicates that more (and potentially more dangerous) harm is to follow. Some of the most common warning signals discovered in older homes with faulty foundations are the following:

Uneven floors

Don’t ignore your squeaking and uneven floors! While it’s easy to convince yourself that uneven flooring and bowing are just a part of owning an older home, they should not be ignored. Fortunately, identifying this problem is typically as simple as dropping a ball and watching it roll down “a slope.” A foundation repair professional can tell you if your uneven floors are due to a fundamental issue with a quick check.

Doors and Windows That Stick

Most people that live in older homes are drawn to and love its character. They believe that a part of that character is the sticky doors and windows that can be “unstuck” with a bit of elbow grease. However, sometimes it’s not the door that’s the issue. Instead, your windows and doors may have shifted slowly as a result of the fundamental shift in the foundation, causing gaps and jams.

Cracks In The Drywall

A slowly moving foundation might also cause cracks in your drywall. The most common cause of drywall cracks is a problem with your foundation. These fractures are most commonly found in the seams of the wall, where two pieces of drywall meet. When your building settles, stress is created, which causes a crack in the drywall.

Cracks in Your Foundation’s Concrete

This one is self-explanatory. It may not be an emergency if you notice a little hairline crack (but it never hurts to get it checked). However, if you find a large gap or crack that seems to be crumbling, you need to call a foundation repair service right away. Only a professional inspection can establish whether your concrete crack is a symptom of more significant foundation issues. For a fast “stability check,” use a screwdriver to scratch at your foundation gently. If the concrete flakes or chips readily, it has most certainly become weaker and requires some TLC.

If you want a foundation inspection or need a foundation repair, we at Done Right Foundation are happy to help. We take the time to review everything with you to help you understand the issues. Whether you own the home or want to buy an older one, we can help. Not all foundation issues show up in the foundation itself. Sometimes you have to look for the more subtle signs, such as what has been mentioned above. Remember, your foundation is one of the most important elements of your home. It deserves the care it needs to hold up your home’s structure. Call today.