Solving foundation problems that lead to sticking windows & doors
While there are many issues that can lead to sticking windows and doors, the two most common foundation-related causes are settlement and crawl space supports that have settled, shifted, or deteriorated.
If your windows and/or doors are sticking, jamming, or your doors have non-functioning locks, you could have a foundation problem. Other common signs include diagonal cracks at top corners of window and door openings, uneven floors, and window and door openings that aren’t square.
If these sound like familiar foundation problems, call the experts at Complete Basement Systems today to get an expert evaluation and foundation repair solution. We offer free estimates on all our services in Denver, Colorado Springs, Aurora and throughout the surrounding areas.
Identifying problems with windows & doors
Any problem with a home can be distressing, and even more so when there’s a problem with your foundation. Foundation problems related to sticking windows and doors are among the most obvious and inconvenient of them all.
Window and door cracks that are connected to foundation problems have two common sources:
Because of varying soil characteristics, foundation settlement is never uniform. Uneven settlement causes sections of a foundation or slab to crack and shift, while other sections remain in their original positions.
While foundations and slabs crack due to soil settlement, the wood framing supported above is more likely to bend or twist. This results in skewed openings for windows — and doors and floors that dip.
The drywall fastened to wood framing is not as flexible, so it’s more likely to crack — especially at the corners of window and doors. When a house has a brick or stone exterior, a settled foundation is likely to have cracks in these upper masonry surfaces due to a lack of flexibility.
At Complete Basement Systems, we address foundation settlement issues by installing foundation piers at key locations. The piers extend to stable, load-bearing soil, attached to the foundation with steel brackets. This repair work prevents further settling — and can even allow the foundation to be jacked back to its original position.
Once the foundation is raised back up, cracks in the wall will close. Doors, locks, and windows may return to functionality, and further settlement damage will halt.
We offer two different types of foundation piers to address foundation settlement: push piers and helical piers. With either installation, there’s a 25-year manufacturer’s warranty, as well as our own performance warranty.
Sinking crawl space supports
Crawl spaces are often poorly designed, with too few support columns, rotting floor joists and girders, and weak supporting soils causing the supports to sink.
As the crawl space structure sinks, the floor that it supports will sink as well, creating uneven surfaces underfoot. And as the floor sinks, it will pull the interior walls that are attached to it downwards.
As the walls sink, they pull apart, leaving cracks in your interior walls. And as the home warps, doors inside the home will jam and become difficult to open or shut.
We repair crawl space structural issues with crawl space support jacks. We begin by excavating a hole for each support and creating a base of engineered fill. A pre-cast concrete base is installed on top of the fill, and the support jack is mounted on top.
Once installed, our crawl space supports will stop your floor from sinking and sagging. These adjustable jacks can also be modified to attempt to lift your floors and walls back to a level position.
Crawl space jack systems install quickly — with an installation usually being completed in about a day. They provide a superior solution to other repairs, such as concrete columns, shimming, and light-duty jack posts.
Which is which?
When pinpointing what kind of foundation repair you’ll need, it’s important to note whether the visible problem in your home is centered around the interior of the structure or the exterior.
If you have exterior cracks, jamming doors, and windows, then the problem is most likely not sinking crawl space supports. These cracks are most often caused by foundation settlement.
Identifying the source of window & door issues
|Potentially Caused By:|
|Structural Problem||Crawl Space Structural Issue||Foundation Settlement|
Or Entryway Doors
|Jamming Interior Doorways|
|Cracks Along Windows|
& Entryway Doors
|Cracks Along Interior Doorways|
|Sinking, Sagging Floors|
Your local foundation repair experts in CO
If you have an issue with sticking windows and doors in your home, Complete Basement Systems can help. We provide expert foundation repair solutions using patented, proven products. Call us today or contact us online to get a free estimate for your foundation problem in Denver, Colorado Springs, Aurora, Fort Collins, Thornton, Arvada, Westminster, Pueblo, Boulder, Greeley and nearby.