Help! My Home Has Foundation Cracks!

A sudden or slowly developing crack in your foundation or basement wall will certainly grab your attention every time you look at it. On one hand, it could mean that a new home is settling in, which is a natural process. However, it could also mean that your home has serious structural problems that might become dangerous if ignored.

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When you first notice a foundation crack, don’t panic. They are actually quite common, and often occur as a result of extreme temperatures. This means that homes in areas that experience high summer temperatures are particularly prone to foundation cracks. The following story is a good example of this:

Extreme drought causes home foundation cracks across the Valley

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The crippling drought in North Alabama isn’t just hurting farmers and drying up water sources, it could also threaten your home. Foundation repair experts say this is the busiest they’ve been, in the company’s 15 year history.

“The last time we saw a drought like this was in ‘07,” says Ben Bayless, the owner of AFS.

From afar, the Drach family’s home looks in pristine condition. “Very frustrating,” says Jesse Drach. “Inside, we have several cracks getting bigger and bigger.”

When you take a closer look, you can see major cracks have formed, both inside and outside. Read full news article at WHNT…

In states such as Texas, where we actually expect really high temperatures, foundation cracks can be quite common. This is why, as the story above discusses, some Texan homeowners ‘water’ their foundations to prevent those cracks.

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In order to deal with foundation cracks appropriately, you need to understand whether you’re dealing with a minor problem or a serious one. Fortunately, there are ways to tell what the cracks in your foundation indicate. The following post highlights some of the most common foundation cracks and what each means:

Diagnosing Cracks in Your Foundation

Cracks in your foundation come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. It is not unusual for foundation cracks to form within the first year of new construction, often near windows, corners of the walls or floors or in the longer sections of your foundation. Most are due to foundation settling and are usually not a cause for concern. If cracks become larger or allow water to seep through, call an expert right away before the damage becomes worse.

Is My Foundation Crack Normal or Dangerous?

If you are unsure about your foundation cracks, monitor them to see if they are increasing in size. Simply use a pencil to mark off and date the ends of each crack. Within a period of time you will be able to tell if the crack is due to natural settling or if it indicates a more serious problem. Tracking them will also help foundation repair experts determine how they were formed and the best way to fix them. Take a look at the types of foundation cracks below to determine if your foundation crack is a cause for concern. Read full post at Airlift Concrete…

While you should not panic when you come across a foundation crack in your home, it is always wise to play it safe. Ideally, an expert inspection should help clear up any confusion you may have. However, it is also advisable to pay attention and take note of any changes you notice in the cracks.

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It also helps to understand why foundation cracks occur in the first place. That way, you can determine what might be causing the cracks, and whether that is consistent with the prevailing conditions surrounding your home.  The following post explains the most common causes of foundation cracks:

Foundation cracks may be ugly and insightful, but not all cracks create structural problems. Cracks that are larger than 1/16 inch usually indicate trouble, especially if it allows water seepage. Several factors can cause foundation cracks to spread and widen over time, creating an entrance for unwanted pests and insects. The most common causes of foundation cracks are caused by the soil type, soil erosion, transpiration, and soil compaction.

  1. Soil Type: Expansive clay tends to absorb moisture and produce swelling in the soil. This causes movement in the ground known as settlement. Read full post at Bay Area Underpinning…

When foundation cracks are accompanied by other signs of foundation damage, such as windows that get stuck or misaligned doors, those are red flags. The best action to take in such a case is to contact the foundation experts in your area for a comprehensive inspection.

If you require foundation inspection or repair services in Dallas Texas, contact Texas Foundation Pros today. We partner with GL Hunt who has over 30 years of experience, so you can be sure that you’ll get the best services available. Call us today on (469) 620-1032 or fill our contact form to schedule a free estimate for homeowners.