Doors and Windows


Sticking Doors and Windows Kansas CityOver time, the windows or doors in a home may begin to stick or may have gaps or cracks in the walls around them. If there are gaps or cracks around your doors or windows, it forces your heating and cooling systems to work harder to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. It can also make it difficult to open and close the doors or windows. Although many people do not realize it, these problems are usually indicators of some serious foundation issues. If you notice that your doors or windows have begun to stick, have cracks around them, or are separating from the walls, call Pro Foundation Technology.

Often, your windows or doors are the result of a shifting or settling foundation. There are many things that can cause your foundation to settle, including:

  • Poor soil compaction: If the soil is not properly compacted at the time of construction, it will shift over time, causing the foundation to settle.
  • Hydrostatic pressure: When there is an excess amount of rain, the soil around your foundation absorbs more water than normal. This increases the hydrostatic pressure in the soil. If this pressure becomes too great, it will push on the foundation.
  • Erosion: Large amounts of rain can cause erosion, washing away the soil around and underneath your foundation. This can form voids under the slab.
  • Soil shrinkage: In extremely drought-like conditions, the soil shrinks and shifts forming voids.

Solutions for Sticking Windows & Doors

The foundation repair solution for a settling foundation is to install foundation piers. These piers are installed beneath the failing parts of the foundation to provide support and stability. First, the piers are driven into the ground until they reach the stable soils beneath the shifting top layers. Then, the weight of the structure is transferred onto them. The piers are then used to lift the foundation to its original level and ensure that it is properly supported.

If you notice that your windows or doors are starting to stick or are difficult to open, do not assume that it is just the humidity. Wedge shaped gaps above or below the doors, molding that is pulling away or cracking, drywall cracks near the windows or doors, or cracks in the foundation near the windows are often signs that the problems with your doors or windows are caused by foundation issues. We will examine your home to determine the problem and work with you to find the best solution.