Foundation cracks in your home should always raise a concern. This means there could be something going on with the foundation’s integrity which has the potential to lead to bigger and more expensive problems than just the crack(s) you see.
Early Warning Signs
Some of the indoor warning signs for foundation issues include finding cracks in the walls and floors, windows that stick or have a difficult time closing completely, doors which jam or don’t latch closed properly, or cracks in tile that’s laid over a concrete floor. Outside, you may notice cracks in the foundation which could indicate there is too much pressure on the foundation walls.
When a contractor comes to your home to inspect a crack in the foundation, they will look at the material your foundation is made from, the location of the crack(s), the size, width and shape of the crack(s), and the direction the crack is growing. These things can help a contractor determine exactly what is causing the foundation to crack.
Don’t Ignore a Crack
While a tiny hairline fracture in the foundation may not raise huge alarms, it should at least concern you enough to check out the cause. Foundation cracks allow things like moisture and termites to get inside which can lead to even more damage, including wood rot and mold. Typically, only larger cracks indicate true structural damage so even though a crack may be small, addressing it now can help prevent expensive damage to the home’s foundation.
Get Professional Help
You could seal a crack shut and hope it holds, risking more expensive damage down the road, or you can address the root issue by taking important steps to reduce stress on the foundation’s walls. Possible solutions may include installing drainage pipes, integrating gravel, purchasing and installing a sump pit and pump, or for worst case scenarios, may require piers to be driven next to the foundation for additional support. The best preventative measure is to consider foundation waterproofing.
If a crack wraps around a corner, reaches the basement floor, reaches the top of foundation wall, or runs horizontally and the wall below leans into basement, you should call a professional. These are all signs indicating that the soil supporting the foundation is moving underneath the house.
For other questions or an expert opinion on foundation concerns, contact one of our staff at Healthy Way!