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Have Sticking Windows & Doors?

Sticking windows and sticking doors are all too common these days. Sometimes these issues are due to poor mud and poor tape jobs, but another well-known cause is foundation problems. How do you know the difference? Typically, if the cracks above and around windows and doors have been repaired but continue to re-open, you probably have a sinking foundation on your hands.

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One way to check to see if a settling or sinking foundation may be the culprit of your sticking windows and doors is to use a leveler. Basically, set a level on a window frame or door frame, and check out how unlevel the structure is. If it seems too unlevel, it is best to contact a foundation specialist in order to ensure there are not larger issues occurring under your home’s structure.

What If My Windows Are Just Old?

Sometimes, having old windows and doors can be a problem. After all, years of moisture caused by high humidity will surely cause maintenance issues. In addition, after high levels of moisture and years of use, internal parts of doors and windows can begin to wear down. Again, checking to see how level your doors and windows have become, can often show if the problem is due to the foundation. And most importantly, calling a foundation expert is really the simplest way to find out what is really going on with your sticking windows and sticking doors.

Virginia is known for its older homes, so it is important to understand the difference between just any old window or door, and more serious foundation issues. If you believe you do have more severe foundation issues, try not to avoid them. Avoiding foundation issues is not a good idea because it can lead to increasing issues such as more severe cracks, leaky water, stair-step cracks, and bowing walls.

Contact A Professional

Contacting a professional is vital. At Reliable Waterproofing & Masonry, our 30 years of experience and timely service is one that you can rely on. Time and time again, we provide a professional and friendly service that is backed by quality workmanship. Please call 804-674-0273 to get a free estimate today!

Sticking Door Repair: Is It Really the Door?

When you leave for work in the morning, do you notice that the doors and windows are sticking and will not open right? You might wonder what’s wrong. Is it the wood expanding? It might be. However, it might be a foundation problem that is causing the door or window to be pushed up higher than it should be, which makes it “stick” when you go to open or close it. It might be time to consider sticking door repair or sticking window repair.

sticking window repairWhat are the symptoms of a sticking window or sticking door?

The main symptoms you will see with this problem are that the door or window appears to be difficult to open or close. You may also notice that the door does not fit within the frame perfectly, or hits on the top. The frame may also be raised below it or pulling away from the sub-floor. With windows, this issue may present as the window not being able to shut all the way or not fitting correctly in its frame. it’s also prudent to look for cracks around the wall by the door or window. You can also take a look at your foundation in the area below the problem window or door. However, if you don’t feel comfortable doing so–always feel free to give us a call and we will visit your property to inspect your property for you.

What causes sticking doors and windows in spring?

Over the winter months, the ground will freeze and thaw continually. It’s a natural process, but it can wreak some havoc on your foundation if it’s not prepared. Water will gather in the soil beside the foundation and freeze. It will then push against the foundation in unusual ways which cause cracks and buckling. It can also go beneath the foundation and raise and lower it, with the freezing and thawing. This is called frost heave, and it can cause your windows and doors to stick.

sticking window repairWhat to do for sticking door repair? Sticking window repair?

The issue may not necessarily be the sticking door or window. Reliable Waterproofing & Masonry will first check your foundation to see if there are any underlying problems. If there aren’t, we can move on to correcting what may be an issue with the sub-floor or the door itself.

If there is a foundation issue, several options are depending on what the issue is. If there are cracks in the wall, a bowing wall, or other issues, there will be different solutions to each. Most of these will involve foundation underpinning or carbon fiber strips to support the wall. The best news is that a problem which could’ve caused safety and stability concerned was addressed and your home will be safe once more.

Give Reliable Waterproofing & Masonry a call today to find out what options you have for sticking door repair or sticking window repair. We are happy to provide a free estimate and get your home back to being safe and comfortable again.