Why don’t my doors close properly on my house

If your doors “stick” or simply won’t close properly, then there are a couple of possible problems.  The door may not have been installed properly.  An experienced handyman or contractor can diagnose the problem and fix them with some added shims or an adjustment to the hinges.  Another possibility is that the foundation could have settled and caused a shift in the structure of the house.  Look for cracks above the door that won’t close properly and above windows.  If you have a few doors that are not closing properly, then a shift in the foundation of your home is likely the problem.  You call call a registered structural engineer for a consult on his opinion of the problem and how to fix it.  He/she will give you the best coarse of action to fix the problem.  Piers can be added to either a pier and beam foundation or a slab on grade foundation to help level the house foundation.  Your other option is to call a house leveling company, but you run the risk of them telling you that you need more piers than are actually needed.  This isn’t always the case, but it does happen.

If you are remodeling your home, get the foundation leveled first before you start any painting or drywall work on the interior of your home.  The reason is that some cracks will form after the house is leveled and it is easier to fix them after the foundation has been leveled.  Otherwise, you could be creating twice the work and spending more money than is required.”  Danny Garcia, owner of Rhino Design Build in San Antonio, Texas.

Diagram of a door

Door diagram


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