Cracks in the foundation of your home can happen no matter how well you take care of it. Foundation cracks are not only unsightly but could also be a sign of costly damage. Foundation cracks can be divided into three categories: shrinkage, horizontal, and settlement. Shrinkage cracks are found in the houses with poured concrete. Horizontal cracks are caused by soil or water pressure. Settlement cracks happen in most homes. Settlement cracks are usually not something to worry about depending on their size and location.
Flooding is the most common cause of foundation damage. Other causes include:
- Poor construction
- Loose, overly dry, or wet soil
- Changes in temperature
- Inadequate drainage
Changes in your house that you should look out for are:
- Drywall cracks
- Uneven doors and windows
- Bowing walls
- Sloping floors
- Ceramic tile, brickwork, and concrete cracks
If you notice any cracks in your foundation, you should begin by checking each 90-degree corner in your house because that is where most cracks start to appear. Use a ruler to measure the width and then remeasure. If the crack widens at one end, it might be the sign of a problem. You should get a professional to take a look if the crack is more than a half inch wide.=
If you end up having to call a professional, like us at Crawlspaces and More, to repair foundation damage, you should expect one of two options. The first option is to have the crack(s) filled with hydraulic cement or a polyurethane injection. The other option is the professionals will excavate a trench, repair damaged cement, and seal cracks using hydraulic cement.
Hopefully you will not have to deal with foundation cracks, but if you do, we are here to help! Here at Crawlspaces and More, we provide services, such as crawl space encapsulation, mold remediation, concrete services, foundation repair, and waterproofing solutions. We are a family and veteran owned business with locations in Georgia and South Carolina. We believe our 5-Star Customer Care has made us successful and we would like for you to see it yourself. For more information on how to repair foundation cracks or any of our other services, please contact us!