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Cracks In Foundation Walls

Cracks In Foundation Wall

A crack in your foundation wall could be a sign that your home has a structural problem. In some cases a hairline concrete crack is just that. But in other cases, a crack is a sign that your foundation needs to be repaired by an expert.

A crack in your foundation wall can be caused by a variety of things:

Foundation settlement
Hydrostatic pressure
Poor drainage away from your foundation
Poor soil preparation
Poor concrete mix in foundation footings
Clogged footing drains
Expansive soil
Heaving soil beneath your foundation


Types of Foundation Wall Cracks

The type of crack in your foundation wall (including cracked bricks in your home's facing) can give you a clue to the severity and cause. If you've noticed a crack in your basement foundation then you could also have a basement waterproofing problem.

 

Horizontal Cracks

Horizontal Foundation Wall CrackThese types of cracks are caused by pressure and can take the form of hydrostatic pressure or expansive soils. Water or soil pushes against your foundation walls, creating areas of weakness. Over time you'll start to notice horizontal cracks and eventually bowed walls.

Horizontal cracks are almost always a serious structural problem. You'll need to have an expert take a look at the cracks.

Vertical Cracks

Vertical Foundation Wall CrackIf you have a concrete foundation, then hairline vertical cracks could be caused by shrinkage. As concrete cures it can crack. These cracks will typically form within the first year after the foundation was poured. If the crack is uneven or wider than 1/16-inch then it could be a sign that you have a structural problem.

If you have a block or brick foundation and notice vertical cracks then consult with an expert. This could be a sign of settlement or other foundation problems.

Stair-Step Cracks

Stair Step Foundation Wall CrackThis type of crack is a sign that your home is settling unevenly. This can result in a serious structural problem so it's important to call in a trusted foundation repair expert.

 


Cracked Foundation Wall Solutions

Like any foundation problem there's no one-size-fits-all solution. Your foundation repair needs to be custom designed to properly solve the problem and take into account the soil and environmental factors.

A few solutions that may be recommended are:

Wall anchors

Carbon fiber foundation repair

Push piers

CarbonArmor™ Wall Reinforcement System


JES - Trusted Foundation Repair Contractor Free Foundation, Crawl Space or Basement Inspection

If you're not sure of the source of your foundation problem, give us a call at 866-370-4816, and schedule a free inspection. We'll find out the cause of the problem and help you find the perfect solution.

 

Resources:

Expansive Soils Create Foundation Damage
Foundation Repair Methods
Shrink-Swell Soil Issues

Foundation Problem Signs
 
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Foundation Repair Solutions
 

Testimonials
 
"I would like to praise your engineer and the construction crew for their professional approach to solving our foundation problems. In over forty years of practice in architecture, I have seldom seen such a well coordinated demolition/construction process. I would have JES back for any future foundation problems and will recommend JES to my clients and friends who need your services."

~ William M., Yorktown, VA

 
"The crew was wonderful especially the Foreman. We asked lots of questions and kept checking in and looking at the work. Each time we went to the basement, they stopped the work and carefully explained the process to us in a very friendly manner. We liked this crew and the foreman very much."

~ Suzzanne B., Culpeper, VA