Sticky Doors

Wood naturally expands and contracts in different temperatures and so it is quite common for doors to occasionally start sticking. It is not usually something to be concerned about. However, there are occasions when the cause can be a whole lot more serious. In this article we will look at some of the common reasons that your doors may be sticking and how it can sometimes indicate a much more serious problem with your foundation.

The Most Common Reasons Your Doors Are Likely Sticking

Wood is a sensitive material. It reacts to both temperature and humidity. If there has been heavy rainfall, for example, and your home is well-aerated, there will be a lot of humidity in the air. This may cause your doors to swell and start sticking. As soon as the humidity starts declining your swollen doors will naturally shrink back down and open and close normally again.

Misaligned Hinges
Another common culprit causing doors to stick is poorly aligned hinges. The hinges may well have been perfectly aligned when the door was first fitted but, as any sort of weight is applied to the door, hanging laundry over it for example, the screws will naturally loosen. If this is the cause of your sticky door, it is an easy fix, simply re-tighten the screws. If the screw hole has become enlarged, use bigger screws or fit new raw plugs.

Poorly Cut Door
If the door has always been sticky it may well be that whoever fitted it originally didn’t cut it to size properly or, alternatively, cut it at a slight angle. Even just a few millimetres will make a big difference to how the door functions. An easy way to tell if your door has been cut properly is to run a spirit level across each side in order to check that it is both hanging straight and cut straight. If it hasn’t been cut correctly, just save yourself time and fuss by getting a new door.

Foundation Issues
If your doors are sticking, it may not be immediately obvious that you have a potential problem with your foundation. It is all well and good knowing how sticky doors can indicate a foundation problem but you still need some sort of corroborating evidence. Other common indicators of foundation problems include awkward or sticking windows, uneven floors, cracks in your building’s structure, cabinets that won’t hang properly and so on.

If you identify several of these indicators in your home, you should think about having your foundation inspected by a professional as soon as possible. Whilst it may be tempting to make do until such a time that something goes seriously wrong, this is something of a false economy because it will ultimately cost you more to put right the longer you leave it to go wrong.

There are many causes of foundation problems including the way the foundation was originally constructed, the type of ground it was constructed on, soil instability, drainage issues, plumbing problems and nuisance roots from nearby trees and shrubbery. Any of these things can put pressure on your home’s foundation and cause it to start cracking.
If you suspect you have foundation problems by tackling the problem early on and nipping it in the bud, so to speak, you will save your save a lot of time, money and heartache later on as the problem inevitably gets worse.

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