How to Identify Leaning Walls
These are the main signs to identify leaning walls:
Wall Displacement Through Window Frames
When your walls begin to lean, you might notice gaps forming between them and your window frames. This indicates wall movement, potentially leading to the detachment of internal and external walls and the risk of collapse.
Noticing Stepped Cracks
Stepped cracks often appear along brick mortar joins when walls start to lean. Visible from either the inside or outside, these are a clear sign of a wall’s inclination.
Movement Through Soffit Trims
Soffit trims separating from the wall often hint at underlying structural movement. While these can detach due to regular wear and tear, they’re commonly associated with foundational issues beneath a leaning wall.
Seeing Cornice Gaps
Gaps between the walls and cornices may signify your home’s foundation sinking into unstable soil, leading to increased upward pressure and causing walls to lean.