There are Separations in My Trim and Molding

Have you noticed some separation between your baseboards and floors? Trim and molding pulling away from your walls and floors could be a sign of serious foundation problems. If you see signs of trim or molding separation in North Charleston, contact CNT Foundations right away. Our team of foundation contractors is ready to examine your foundation for damage. Call 843-405-7022 today for your free, no-obligation estimate. What can cause your trim and molding to separate? Answers vary.

Why are the baseboards separating from the floor?

Cosmetic signs of damage, such as cracked sheetrock, uneven floors, and separating trim and molding, are the first signs of foundation settlement. There are several different reasons why your house could be settling:

  • All houses settle over time as they age. If you notice any combined number of symptoms, it’s possible your foundation is damaged.
  • Weak soil that wasn’t properly compacted when the house was built will settle under the weight of your home cause your foundation to sink.
  • Expansive soil like the clay-rich soil in North Charleston can slowly shift beneath your foundation as it expands and shrinks with each passing season.

Damaged floor joists could also be the culprit behind the floor and trim separation. The floor joists might have been improperly spaced when the foundation was built, and so the floor begins to sag in some places, pulling the floor away from the molding and walls. Floor joists can also rot due to excessive moisture from high humidity or other water damage.

What can I do to stop separations in my trim and molding?

Trim and molding separations will take more than caulk to fix. If floor joists are your problem, a sister joist will help support the rotting wood and firm up your foundation. If foundation settlement is causing your trim to separate from your floors, consult an expert for the best remedy. CNT Foundations is your trusted source for foundation repair solutions in North Charleston. We’ll come to your home to find the source of your separating trim and molding so that you can focus on the more important things in life. Call 843-405-7022 today to make your appointment for a free estimate.