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The Homeowner’s Guide To Foundation Cracks

The warmth and sunshine that comes with spring are perfect for your general home maintenance routine. A thorough inspection of your home is the best way to tell where the winter weather hit your home the most. There’s no telling how much or little damage your home may have suffered, not just because of the change in weather, but also because of the wear and tear over the years. One place you shouldn’t forget to have checked is the foundation.

What Is the Main Cause of Foundation Problems?

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Before you freak out about discovering some foundation cracks, you may want to understand the reason why they form (no, your house isn’t getting heavier). The following post explains the reasons why foundation problems develop:

CAUSES OF FOUNDATION PROBLEMS

Water is the main enemy in expansive soils problems. There is either too much water, causing the soil to swell, or not enough, causing the soil to shrink.

If all soil beneath a foundation swells uniformly or shrinks uniformly it is unlikely to cause a problem. But when only part of the foundation heaves or settles, differential movement causes cracks and other damage.

Most differential movement is caused by differences in soil moisture. After construction, the soil beneath part of the foundation becomes wetter or drier than the rest of the soil. Read more at Foundation Repair Network…

The most common foundation problems that occur due to the above reasons are foundation cracks which can be dealt with through structural repair services.

Are House Foundation Cracks Normal?

 

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There are some foundation cracks that are normal and can be taken care of over time, while others need immediate attention. The following post helps to distinguish between the two:

Normal Vs. Problematic Foundation Cracks

Cracks can appear everywhere around your home- Inside, outside, in the foundation, and on the ceiling. There are certain cracks that occur due to natural settling and will typically come to a halt.

Then, there are cracks that are cause for concern. Let’s take a look at some different types of cracking. Read more at Level Inspections Co.…

Basically, a small crack shouldn’t worry you too much, but one that is large and open should be dealt with as soon as possible by foundation repair contractors.

Are Vertical Foundation Cracks Bad?

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There are different types of foundation cracks that may form, including horizontal, diagonal and even vertical ones. Some look like they could cause your house to split down the middle, while others aren’t as bad. The following post explains a bit about vertical foundation cracks and what they may be telling you:

ABOUT VERTICAL CRACKS:

These fissures are wider at the bottom than at the top. Cracking that moves in a vertical direction is mainly associated with soil movement (such as expansion and contraction of soil.) These types of foundation cracks are commonly found in areas like the Dallas, Fort Worth metroplex, where houses are built on expansive clay soils. If you see very small hairline cracks, don’t’ be worried — just continue to monitor them. In the event your vertical cracks have grown larger, consult with a foundation expert. Read more at HD Foundation Repair…

Your area might be more prone to soil movements and hence the cause for the development of foundation problems. If you are in Grand Prairie, TX and are looking for local foundation repair contractors, then Texas Foundation Pros is the company to get in touch with. Call us on (469) 445-2208 for a free estimate of your foundation repair costs.