Sticking Doors & Windows
Are you finding it difficult to open and close your home’s doors and windows? This is more than just a minor inconvenience; it’s a clear indicator of more significant foundation issues.
Along with other symptoms like uneven floors, sticking doors and windows point to severe structural problems like foundation settlement. Don’t ignore these signs. Make sure they are repaired promptly and properly by experienced professionals.
Ohio Basement Systems is the preferred foundation repair specialist in Northern Ohio, with more than 20 years of expertise in helping homeowners restore the structural soundness of their homes. If you’re experiencing sticking doors or windows, don’t delay—contact us today.
After reading this page, you’ll understand the reasons behind sticking doors and windows and how our trusted local team can help you repair the root cause permanently.
What Are Sticking Doors and Windows?
Sticking doors and windows are hard to operate, often requiring excessive force to open or close, or even jamming in the middle of the action. These issues frequently come with doors not aligning well within their frames.
These are not isolated issues; they are indicators of larger structural problems within your home. Additional symptoms that may accompany window and door problems include:
- Uneven floors
- Floor and wall gaps
- Drywall nail pops
- Drywall cracks
- Brick cracks
If you see these damages around your home, they are red flags for foundation issues. Ignoring these signals can escalate into more severe home damage over time.
What Causes Sticking Doors and Windows?
The root causes behind sticking doors and windows usually revolve around:
- Settling Foundations: As foundations shift over time, they can disrupt the levelness of floors and walls, leading to jammed doors and windows.
- Degraded Crawl Space Supports: As seen here, weak or deteriorating crawl space supports—resulting from damage like over spanned floor joists or wood rot—can cause floors to sag. This, in turn, can make doors and windows stick.
- Water Damage: Moisture penetration can cause warping and swelling in door and window frames, adding to the sticking problem.
Can Sticking Doors and Windows Be Fixed?
Absolutely! Sticking doors and windows can be corrected by addressing the underlying structural problems through expert foundation repair services.
We do not recommend attempting repairs on your own. These efforts can get expensive, may be difficult to execute, and are temporary at best.
While updating doors, windows, and their frames is beneficial, they typically succumb to damage because of continuous underlying problems. Trust local professionals to tackle the foundation issues first, then you can upgrade your door and window systems.
How Ohio Basement Systems Fixes Sticking Doors and Windows
We tailor our foundation repair approach to meet the needs of each home. Some of the ways we address sticking windows and doors include:
- Foundation Piers: We use different foundation piers—helical, push, or slab—to permanently stabilize and potentially lift settling foundations.
- Crawl Space Supports: As seen here, our crawl space support jacks offer permanent support for sagging floors and floor joists. They can be adjusted to potentially elevate floors and restore their levelness.
- Crawl Space Encapsulation: Encapsulating your crawl space with a vapor barrier, along with installing water management measures, controls moisture and humidity that can weaken joists and floors.
- Basement Waterproofing: Similarly, our comprehensive basement waterproofing systems actively collect and remove water from your home. These products include interior drains, sump pumps, dehumidifiers, and wall vapor barriers.
Why Address Sticking Doors and Windows Now?
Prompt attention to sticking doors and windows is essential for:
- Preventing foundation problems from escalating.
- Avoiding additional damage to door and window frames.
- Averting the need for costlier repairs down the road.
- Eliminating cosmetic fixes that only temporary relief and may hide worsening issues.
Trust Ohio Basement Systems for permanent, professional foundation repair services that will protect your home and prevent the recurrence of sticking doors and windows.
Contact Ohio Basement Systems for Solutions to Sticking Doors and Windows
If you find yourself fighting to open and close your windows and doors, there could be more going in beneath the surface. Our team at Ohio Basement Systems understands this complex and frustrating issue, but we are here to provide a lasting solution.
If sticking doors and windows are causing you concern, let Ohio Basement Systems examine your foundation and suggest tailored repairs. Our experienced team is committed to providing lasting fixes that will eliminate sticking issues for good. Contact us today for your free estimate!
Many visible symptoms indicate foundation problems including:
- Cracks in walls and ceilings
- Uneven floors
- Bricks that are cracking or falling apart
- Cracking or leaning chimneys
Contact a local foundation repair expert like Ohio Basement Systems as soon as you notice these issues.
Although high humidity can cause minor sticking issues, consistent or severe sticking suggests a more significant structural problem. If you are in doubt, contact Ohio Basement Systems for a free inspection. We’ll pinpoint the root cause and recommend customized repair solutions.
We do not recommend DIY approaches for foundation issues. Addressing the root causes of sticking doors and windows requires professional evaluation and repair services. Contact Ohio Basement Systems today for a free inspection and estimate for repairs customized to fit your unique situation.
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