Foundation Cracks, Foundation Damage

Foundation Cracks, Foundation Damage

Foundation cracks, foundation damage

We wonder if they are normal signs of wear and tear that should be ignored, or if they are signs of a bigger problem.

If you put your head in the sand, you may end up with bigger, more expensive repairs. The consequences of ignoring foundation damage include bowed walls, tilted chimneys, and a house made unlivable.

If you contact a reliable foundation repair contractor early, you can save money and grief.

There are different types of foundation cracks that can be seen, including step, vertical exterior basement waterproofing and horizontal cracks. It is time to address the problem if a dime can fit into it. You need to be concerned about some of the cracks in the foundation.

Shrinkage Cracks

These cracks are usually the same width or V-shaped, wider at the top, and stop before reaching the base of the wall. It is likely to affect the footings of the building. Poor mix, fast curing, and other factors can cause Shrinkage cracking.

Horizontal Cracks

There are horizontal cracks running across the wall. The integrity of the wall structure may have been undermined by seasonal freeze-thaw cycles. The frost line is usually found in a horizontal crack about a yard or more below grade.

Wall-Settling Cracks

You can get vertical cracks in poured walls, which are wider at the bottom and become longer and wider with time. Water can be let in after construction.

Poorly prepared foundation footings, badly placed or forgotten steel reinforcement cause wall-settling cracks. Horizontal loading can be caused by structural pressure above and even backfill.

After exposure to frost damage, clay soil, trees planted too close to the foundation and other reasons, diagonal cracks may appear at a corner of a concrete wall. A diagonal crack under a ground floor window can be caused by the foundation heaving. There are cracks on the wall that are wider at the bottom than the top and this is a sign that the home is sound.

Brick Walls and Stone Foundation Walls

If a crack appears, it is most likely because of structural movement, a support issue or thermal expansion. Because of frost damage, individual stones of a stone foundation wall do not usually crack, but the wall may bulge and crack if you have removed stones to get around pipes or doorways.

If you’d like a free consultation to repair your foundation damage, contact Dependable Home Services.

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