Why to look for warning signs

Many homes have structural problems because of the unique ground conditions found in New Orleans and South Louisiana. All good things start with a solid foundation. If the foundation is not stable, over time, things may begin to crumble. Your home is a huge investment and you want to keep it standing on solid ground. Here are some warning signs that will let you know that your home is in need of Roubion Shoring & Construction.

Warning Signs

While inspecting your home, look for these warning signs as they might be a sign of a structural problem:

  • Uneven or sloping floors
  • Cracks in exterior or interior brick
  • Cracks in drywall
  • Nails “popping” out of the sheetrock
  • Bowing walls
  • Cracks in ceramic floors or walls
  • Doors or window that don’t open or close
  • Spaces between wall and ceiling or floor
  • House is leaning

Diagonal crack in exterior brick wallSlab Houses

Your foundation may need work if cracks appear in the slab. These cracks can be caused by shrinking of the soil underneath one section or the swelling in another area of the slab.

If you notice cracks in mortar and bricks, it is usually caused by the flexing of the slab. The mortar and bricks lose the grip between each other, an indication that your foundation may need to be repaired.

Pier Houses

You may observe a sloping or a bellying of the house between piers. The weatherboards could appear weary or separating. Cracks or sloping in a patio and porch indicate problems that need to be observed.

Interior warning signs

 Interior Warning Signs: cracks in floors and walls

When doors stick or have cracks at the corners of their frames, it is usually due to foundation problems.

Look for sloping/uneven floors, low spots or furniture sliding; this usually occurs because of slab or foundation movement.

If your walls appear to have wrinkles in the wallpaper, cracks in the Sheetrock or gaps between the walls and the molding, your house could have foundation problems.

More Warning Signs

Warning Sign Exterior: crack in slab wallWarning Sign Exterior: crack in slab floor

Free Evaluation

If you see any of these warning signs, Call us for a free evaluation*. Roubion Shoring & Construction has been working to understand the land and soil conditions in Southern Louisiana for over 150 years. We can advise you on what causes your foundation problems and how to solve them.

* We charge a $500 evaluation fee for any home listed for sale. The fee will be credited to your contract price, if you choose to move forward with Roubion.

Foundation Repair

Remember to act quickly once you see any of these warning signs and especially if they get worse over the years. Often it is easier and cheaper to make the repair now and prevent more structural damage to walls, floors, doors and windows later on.


Contact Details

824 Dakin Street - New Orleans, LA 70121

Tel: 504.269.9909 - Toll-free: 1.855.768.2466 - Fax: 504.269.3551

Email: roubion@roubioninc.com