Do you find it difficult to open some of your windows or doors? Even though you can leave it open or closed, you can't move it between those options. Many homeowners have problems with "stuck windows" and "stuck doors."
The problem of a stuck window or door can be fixed in a variety of ways. Some homeowners leave the problem unattended, hoping it won't get worse. Sometimes, the window or door in question is replaced in the hope that the problem will be resolved. It is important to take this issue more seriously than you usually would, as it can be a very serious foundation issue.
The Problem of Stuck Windows and Doors: Why Do They Occur?
There is no single cause of stuck windows and doors. There are several factors that can cause this problem. Sticky windows or doors can be caused by a number of factors.
- Natural Events
Sticking windows and doors can cause many problems, including soil problems. Your windows and doors may become stuck if your foundation has settled due to weather conditions. The soil beneath your home has moved out of the way as a result of shifting. The structural integrity of your home can be adversely affected by this.
Whenever you notice an unusual amount of rain, it is recommended that you check the area under your home. Furthermore, windows and doors may stick due to warping caused by rain. Because of this, it is imperative to check the frame of your windows and doors to ensure that no rain has entered.
- Poor soil preparation
In addition to poor soil management, poor soil management can also cause soil issues. When a crew pours the foundation of your home, they must go through a number of steps in order to build a stable foundation. When the construction crew cuts these steps short, they could result in a poor soil base for the foundation.
Proper soil preparation is the key to a well-functioning home. If any part of the soil is not properly prepared, you are more likely to experience soil preparation problems throughout your home. A sticking door or window is one of the symptoms of soil preparation problems.
- Inadequate drainage or waterproofing issues
Foundation settlement or warped frames can cause sticky doors and windows. Getting water into a door or window's frame causes it to swell out of place and make it difficult to open or close. The problem usually occurs when water gets into the frame, since the frame is usually waterproof on the outside.
It is imperative to ask yourself why doors or windows are warping whenever you notice them. Why is the frame warping? Insufficient waterproofing of your foundation is most likely to blame for your problem. In the future, you will run into the same problem if you do not address the waterproofing concerns.
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