Foundation Cracks in your Crawl Space
They can show up as a stair-step crack, vertical crack or horizontal crack, but cement foundation repair cracks can be a serious issue. While these cracks may seem like an easy fix, a crack in your crawl space foundation is a sign that your crawl space needs repair. Learn more by reading below or contact JES today for a free crawl space inspection.
Foundation Cracks and Repair in Virginia, Maryland, DC
Identifying and Understanding Foundation Cracks and Crawl Space Structural Issues
Foundation Cracks – Do These Look Familiar?
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Foundation Cracks – Why Do I Have Them?
A crawl space foundation crack can be caused by house settling. Your home will settle when the soil it’s built on can no longer support the weight your home. Aside from poor soil preparation, moisture is the biggest player in how the soil reacts around your crawl space foundation.
The soil surrounding your crawl space foundation can be affected by:
Poor Drainage and Grading:
If your home doesn’t have a drainage system in place, then all of the water that flows out of your gutters, or off of your roof, will land near your foundation.
While Spring showers are great for your landscaping, they can create problems for you home’s crawl space. The extra moisture forces the soil to expand and press against your crawl space foundation, eventually causing cracks. Extended periods of drought or a hot, dry summer will evaporate the moisture from the ground surrounding your home. When the soil dries, it contracts, pulling away from your crawl space foundation creating house settling problems.
Most of us think about the damage to the inside of our home when we find a plumbing leak. But those problems can spread to your crawl space. Cracks in pipes or water lines leading to your home not only create a mess out of your landscape but can cause cracks in your crawl space foundation, and give you a wet crawl space.
Foundation Cracks – Should I Bother Fixing?
Don’t be fooled into thinking that the crawl space foundation crack that you’ve had forever isn’t going to get any worse. The foundation crack will grow, and is a sign that your crawl space foundation needs repair.
“The crack could be a sign that your foundation is in serious trouble.”
Foundation Cracks – A DIY Fix?
A crawl space foundation crack is more than just a crack – it could be a sign that your foundation’s in trouble. Don’t assume that your crawl space foundation crack is an easy fix.
Fixing the foundation crack is not a do-it-yourself project. You’ll end up wasting time and money patching a crack that will continue to grow, and you’ll still have to fix your crawl space foundation problem.
Cracks in your crawl space foundation show up as vertical, horizontal to stair-step cracks.
Foundation Cracks – Vertical Cracking:
Vertical cracks are caused by house settling. If the vertical crack in your crawl space foundation is near the corners, wider at the top or bottom, or near the top or soil line of your crawl space foundation, get help now! The crack could be a sign that your foundation is in serious trouble.
Foundation Cracks – Horizontal Cracking:
Horizontal cracks always mean your crawl space foundation needs help! Horizontal cracks occur when the foundation can no longer stand up against the force of the dirt pressing against it. If left alone horizontal cracks will turn into bowed walls and will collapse.
Foundation Cracks – Stair-step Cracking:
Stair-step cracks are a sign that your house is settling unevenly. These cracks always indicate that your home has a serious crawl space foundation problem.
Foundation Cracks – What Now?
It’s important to your home’s safety to request a free inspection with a crawl space repair specialist.
One of our professional crawl space repair specialists will thoroughly inspect your home’s crawl space, pinpointing the source of your crawl space foundation crack. After the inspection they’ll recommend an economical, customized solution for your home that will solve your foundation crack.
Foundation Cracks – Solutions for Your Home
If our crawl space repair specialist finds that your crawl space foundation crack needs professional repairs we may recommend JES Push Piers or JES Helical Piers. These products aren’t always the solution to your crawl space foundation crack so it’s important to talk with an expert to find the best solution for your crawl space.
Our crawl space repair experts will work with you, every step of the way, to find and design the best crawl space repair solution for your home’s foundation crack. Ask us questions! We want to hear your questions and concerns; after all we’re your crawl space repair authority, and are here to help you find the best solution for you home.
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