A number of things can cause doors to stick, and when door stick it can be a result of foundation problems in your Dallas-Fort Worth area home. The natural expansion and contraction of wood can periodically cause doors to stick and that is nothing to be concerned about, or it could indicate the need for foundation repair.
People frequently find that their doors don’t shut correctly right after a rain. That’s because high humidity or an abundance of moisture in the air due to rainfall can cause wood to swell and this will can cause your doors to stick. When the humidity decreases, the wood shrinks and the problem usually disappears.
Another possible reason your doors stick is that the door hinges are out of alignment. This is often due to loose screws, or even something as simple as children swinging on the doors. Over a period of time, excess weight on the door will cause the door to become misaligned. A quick solution to this small problem would be to install news screws or hinges (if that’s the problem), or simply shave the bottom or top of the door so that the door will open and close easily.
If, over time, the condition grows worse, you might want to have you foundation inspected. If your Dallas-Fort Worth area home has problems with doors that stick and windows don’t open and shut properly, it is sometimes a sign of foundation trouble. Other common indicators are floors that are uneven, cracks in floor, walls and ceilings, a cracked chimney, cabinets that don’t hang correctly, and many more things. If you find that you have several of these conditions, it is advisable to have your house foundation inspected right away.
Other Causes of Foundation Problems
There are many causes of foundation issues including shifting soil due to extremely cold or hot weather, plumbing leaks, drainage problems around your foundation, and troublesome tree or shrub roots. If you have an under-slab plumbing leak (or a leak that is creating moisture under your pier and beam foundation) the moisture will cause the ground around your home to swell and this can cause cracking in. Invasive trees roots can also lead to foundation problems.
In order to stop the problem before it becomes worse, you should have your home thoroughly evaluated right away. If, in fact, you do have foundation problems, it is more economical to have it repaired sooner than later. Over time, many more problems will develop and eventually your house will require major repair, as opposed to minor foundation repair. At HD Foundations, we try to minimize the cost of foundation repair on DFW area homes (including Dallas, Fort Worth, Plano, Grand Prairie, Carrollton, Irving and other local cities), by stopping the damage before it progresses, and ultimately stop doors from sticking, floors from cracking, and other foundation related problems.
Foundation problems typically start on one side of the home and slowly develop on all sides. If your home only requires a few foundation piers on one side, the costs will be minimal. Of course, if your home has suffered major foundation damage, you might need to have piers installed on all sides of your house. There is no way to determine how many piers you need or what will be required to fix your home until it is professionally inspected.
To ensure that your foundation is stable and your doors don’t stick on your Dallas-Fort Worth area home, call HD Foundations and ask us to evaluate your property at no charge. If you don’t require foundation repair at this time, we’ll let you know. And if we determine that you do require foundation work, we’ll provide you with a free foundation repair estimate. A stuck door or doors that stick may signal foundation issues. So why wait? Call the DFW foundation repair contractors that offers solid answers.