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Sticking Doors & Windows

Sticking doors and windows indicate a settling or sinking foundation in your home. How does Groundworks fix this problem?

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Doors and windows that jam when you open or close them could be a warning sign of something far more serious in your Canadian home — foundation damage like settlement. When structural components shift out of alignment because of foundational damage, pressure causes doors and windows to stick together. Ignoring this issue could risk your family’s health and lead to expensive repairs.

Sticking doors and windows are often associated with sagging and uneven floorscracks in floors, and bowing basement walls. Groundworks, your local foundation repair specialist, solves all these problems. Learn more below!

What Are Sticking Doors and Windows?

If your doors and windows get stuck and require force to open or close, something might be wrong with your home’s foundation. Check the frames and walls surrounding your doors and windows. If you see cracks and other damage, your foundation is probably sinking or settling — a concern that requires immediate attention! There could also be problems with your crawl space supports. 

Whatever you do, don’t ignore sticking doors and windows. Foundational damage is only likely to get worse, affecting the structural stability of your home.  

What Causes Sticking Doors and Windows?

Doors and windows stick together for various reasons, including:

  • Ground Settlement: A settling foundation often leads to uneven floors and altered interior wall positions, causing your doors and windows to jam and not close properly. 
  • Impaired Crawl Space Supports: Wood rot, open-spanning, and water damage destroy crawl space supports, leading to sagging floors and sticking doors and windows. 
  • Water Damage: Persistent dampness might cause door and window frames to swell and warp, resulting in sticking problems. 
  • Soil and Drainage Issues: Poor drainage, natural soil shifts, and improperly compacted soil beneath your home can destabilize your foundation and cause sticking doors and windows. 

Can You Fix Stuck Doors and Windows? 

Yes, but you need to address the root cause of this problem — foundational damage. That’s where foundation repair experts like Groundworks come in. We identify the structural issues causing your doorways and windows to stick, such as settlement. We’ll then secure your foundation, level your floors, and reframe your doors and windows. 

How We Repair Doors and Windows That Stick

Our multi-faceted approach to sticky doors and windows includes the following steps:

  • Stabilizing Your Foundation: Slabhelical, or push foundation piers steady and reposition unsettled foundations.
  • Fixing Crawl Spaces: Crawl space jacks fix sinking floors and bowing walls in your crawl space, enhancing your home’s structural stability. 
  • Improving Drainage: Installing sump pumps and other waterproofing solutions control wood rot, high humidity, mold growth, and other moisture-related problems in your crawl space. 
  • Reinforcing Basement Walls: Steel I-beams, wall anchors, and carbon fiber reinforcements curb basement wall bowing. 

Why Fix Sticking Doors and Windows Now?

Taking quick action against sticking doors and windows is crucial for the following reasons: 

  • Trips and Falls: Doors and windows that don’t open and close properly can cause tripping and other hazards. 
  • Blocked Emergency Exits: Sticking doors and windows make it difficult to exit rooms during an emergency, posing a huge safety risk. 
  • Mold and Mildew: Foundation issues might lead to water seepage in your home, attracting allergy-causing mold and mildew.
  • Pest Infestations: Foundational damage often causes cracks in floors and walls. Pests can enter your property through these gaps and compromise your family’s health. 

Sticking doors and windows need a permanent solution rather than a temporary fix! So let Groundworks inspect your property, find the root cause of this issue, and fix it for good. 

Contact Groundworks for a Solution to Sticking Doors and Windows

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Doors and windows that stick aren’t just a mere nuisance but suggest your foundation is at risk of sinking or settling. Thankfully, our team can resolve this problem, helping you create a safer living environment for your family. 

Don’t ignore sticking doors and windows any longer. Contact Groundworks, experts in foundation repair, for a free, no-obligation inspection and estimate! 

Sticking Doors & Windows FAQs

Apart from sticking doors and windows, you might notice uneven floors and cracks in walls and floors if your foundation is damaged. Groundworks can inspect these problems and find out what’s causing them. 

We don’t recommend it. Fixing a sinking or settling foundation is a major job best left to the experts, and DIY repairs could make your problem worse. 

It depends on the extent of the issue, the size of your home, and other factors. We’ll give you a cost estimate when inspecting your property free of charge.