Foundation cracks are a common phenomenon resulting from poor construction, excessive moisture, soil conditions, plumbing leaks and improper grading. Concrete walls are load bearing walls and are prone to minor cracks that can be patched. A major fissure or a horizontal crack along the length of a wall, if noticed, is a sign of some serious damage.
Foundation cracks are of different types, sizes and shapes. You can monitoring the cracks on your foundation to see if they are increasing. By simply using a pencil, mark off and date the ends of each crack. With time, you will be in a position to determine if the crack is as a result of natural settling. The tracking also assists foundation experts ascertain the cracks formation and devise methods to have them fixed.
This are a result of settling in the concrete foundation, quite common in new construction. They are also referred to as shrinkage cracks, are diagonal and often located in the middle sections of walls. They are also less than 1/8 wide. If located near a corner and are wider than 1/8, it is an indication of a serious foundation issue.
These are more indicative of serious foundation problems which could be as a result of hydrostatic pressure from outside the walls. While foundations are designed to handle pressure from water and soil, additional pressure from heavy rains and flooding create the horizontal cracks. Contact us as fast as possible for inspection and repair.
Most foundation problems are repairable. However, if the investment used to restore it has no added value to the home, the foundation is said to be beyond repair. This occurs when a foundation completely collapses bringing an irreversible damage to the house. If you notice the following foundation problems, have them addressed immediately to avoid foundation collapse and fails:
Usually an indication of complete foundation failure. Soil that is not properly drained or graded eventually increases the hydrostatic pressure which exceeds the weight bearing capacity of the walls, causing them to bow or crack. Epoxy injections are used to weld the cracks. Epoxy seal makes the foundation impervious to water, air, debris, chemicals and contaminants.