Identifying damage to a foundation will be beneficial in spotting and addressing damage before it becomes to big of an issue. If foundation issues are not caught early on, then they could create more extensive damage around the foundation and the structure. The foundation is the base of a structure and the ground it sits upon. Tis often includes the dirt beneath the structure, the footer, and crawlspace or basement walls. Any structure that has begun to settle and crack will need to have foundation supports installed to fix the damage, and prevent further damage. Damaged foundations will be recognizable by cracks that form on the walls and floors, buckled and slanted walls, squeaky floors, and crooked door and window frames. As the foundation is exposed to moisture and humidity, the foundation of the structure may become unstable and foundation damage will occur. This will cause the foundation to erode away, allowing the structure to gradually shift and sink. More indicators of a damaged foundation are vertical cracks on the exterior and interior walls. These cracks will allow moisture to enter the structure, leading to mold and other water related issues. Trying to patch up cracks around the structure will only provide a temporary remedy, as the foundation will still shift over time and enlarge the cracks. Large cracks may also allow insects to hide and live within your flooring and walls. A slight tilt in the structure could also form over time. The floors in the middle of the structure will begin to sag and settle, all of which will indicate a bad foundation. Settling or sinking anywhere along the driveway, walls, or near the structure may indicate that the structure of the home has begun to deteriorate. Even if the sinking of the structure doesn't seem major, it will grow into a bigger problem as time goes on. Small tilts in the foundation could lead to foundation damage and cause more offsetting of the structure. Any foundation that sinks past an inch and a half will be a danger and cost a lot more to fix. All of these indicators of foundation damage can all be fixed easily; however, they will continually need maintenance and will not solve the problem. Once these foundation issues are spotted, then you should call your local foundation experts to make sure that the problem is fixed before it becomes worse.