Watch Out For Foundation Cracks

Foundation cracks can be a scary thing to see on your property, especially if they’re starting to grow. The problem is determining if the crack is significant enough that it could be linked to something like a foundation issue. A good rule of thumb is when the crack is larger than 1/16” wide, then it may be an indicator of a foundation problem. Don’t ignore the signs or any size of cracks. They can get worse over time and end up costing you more money down the road, so trust a professional to assess the situation and fix it right the first time.Foundation cracks and water damage on a home's foundation

Causes of Cracked Foundations

The factors that lead to foundation cracks cover a wide range, from minor to serious. Cracked foundations are especially dangerous because they can trigger a lot of unknowns. Does this crack mean the strength of the structure is compromised? Will this crack in the ceiling make it fall down on me or my family? These thoughts can be stressful and harmful to your health, which is why we’re here to take the worry off your shoulders. Common causes of foundation cracks include:

  • Shrinkage of Concrete: As concrete cures, it may shrink, leading to cracks. This is a common occurrence but should be monitored to ensure it doesn’t escalate.
  • Foundation Settlement: The natural settling of the foundation over time can result in cracks. This settling can be gradual, but it’s important to distinguish between normal settling and more severe structural issues.
  • Soil Pressure: Changes in soil conditions, such as expansive soils or excessive moisture, can exert pressure on the foundation, causing cracks to form.
  • Construction Malfunctions: Errors during the construction process, such as poor craftmanship or inadequate materials, can contribute to foundation problems.

Mindless worry will not do you any good. If you think you’re experiencing foundation cracks due to any of the above issues, give us a call today.

Foundation Cracks Repair

When in doubt, always get a professional opinion. At Foundation Strategies and Construction, we have certified technicians that can determine whether these warning signs are normal settling or a damaged home structure. Cracks tend to get worse over time, so the sooner you get it inspected the better. At Foundation Strategies and Construction, no matter how severe the crack is, we have the equipment necessary to get your home back in shape. To stabilize the wall, we usually use one of two methods: the Grip-Tite Push Pier System or the Grip-Tite Helical Pile System. These solutions will provide a strong, stable support system for your structure. If the damage is to the point we cannot repair, then we recommend a complete wall replacement. If you are experiencing foundation cracks in your home- don’t wait! Contact Foundation Strategies and Construction today for a free quote!

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