Doors should open and close smoothly without sticking to the frame or jamb. If your door is sticking, it could be due to hardware issues or excessive humidity causing the door to swell. In some cases, a sticking door could also indicate foundation issues that cause your home to be out of alignment.

Although all homes settle over time, it is not always a cause for concern. If your doors are sticking, it could indicate that your home is experiencing foundation issues.

Other Common Symptoms

  • Pooling water in the basement or crawlspace
  • Cracked drywall or ceilings
  • Musty odors
  • Mold and mildew growth
  • Cracks or damage to foundation walls
  • Waterlogged soil

Root Causes of Sticking Doors

  • Foundation Settlement Problems: From improper drainage to surface water issues to even faulty building practices when the home was constructed, there are various reasons why a home’s foundation may degrade improperly. Diagonal or horizontal cracks in the drywall and basement walls are all signs to look out for.
  • Excessive Humidity: Excessive humidity can cause wood to “swell,” which could result in doors that are seemingly too large for the frame that they’re in.
  • Surface Water and Subsurface Groundwater: Improper drainage can cause water to pool around the foundation walls. This may place excessive pressure on the walls and create movement in the foundation and cracks in the walls.

If you’re experiencing any of these concerns, schedule a free consultation to discover how you can eliminate these issues for good.

Permanent Solutions for

Sticking Doors


Dehumidifiers work to eliminate moisture from the air, thereby eliminating any door swelling that may cause doors to stick. Dehumidifiers also help promote healthy indoor air and can reduce the risk of mold and mildew...


Yard Drainage Solutions

It's just as important to take care of any foundation issues as it is to resolve any underlying problems that may be causing the problems. Depending on your situation, yard drainage solutions such as gutter...


Foundation Settlement Repair

The type of foundation settlement repair administered depends on the severity of the issue and where the issue is occurring in the foundation. Common services include underpinning, slabjacking, installing wall anchors and installing helical piers...



Sticking doors are more than just an inconvenience – it could represent a major warning sign that something is wrong with your home’s foundation. Look for other signs – like cracked basement and crawlspace walls and/or cracks forming in the drywall or ceiling on the upper levels. If these signs and symptoms are apparent, contact Moisture Loc today for a free consultation before problems worsen. As foundation experts, we’ll get to the bottom of any issue and implement a permanent fix.

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