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Some foundation problems are not concerning but in some cases they can cause big problems for you. Below is some information about the different types of foundation problems as well as the different types of cracks you will see.
Causes of Foundation Problems
Start out by looking closely at the foundation around the perimeter of your home. If you see small cracks, this does not necessarily mean there is a problem. For example, cracks can appear with shrinkage. This can happen if the concrete shrinks after the concrete has cured and dried up. In most cases, these are hairline cracks.
If you have recently built your home, the cracks could be due to settlement. Over time, the foundation will settle in the ground and when it does this, hairline cracks may appear on the foundation. In most cases this is not a problem.
Intrusion is something else that can cause cracks. For example, your yard may have a slope and the water flows towards your foundation when it rains. In a cases like this, you will need to hire a landscaper to level out your yard. You may have water intrusion in your basement or crawlspaces. To take care of this problem, waterproof and install drainage.
Types of Foundation Cracks
You will often see vertical cracks. If you see these cracks, you should not be very concerned. These cracks can be repaired by injecting the crack with epoxy to fill it in. Once the epoxy dries, the crack is then sealed to prevent further problems.
You may see diagonal cracks, which generally happens if the foundation settles at different rates. For example, one side of your home may settle more than the other. This causes tension on the foundation and cracks will appear. In most cases, diagonal cracks are not a problem and can be repaired in the same way vertical cracks are repaired.
If you see horizontal cracks on the foundation, this is a sign that you have a big problem. This generally is due to a bowing foundation. When a contractor installs a foundation, they put a backfill of gravel of dirt to cover the foundation., If they do not install this backfill properly, you will not have good drainage and the foundation will bow inward. A bowed foundation can cause structural damage or your house could even collapse.
The best thing you can do is to hire a foundation repair contractor, such as those found at Tremor Ready, to come to your home and inspect your foundation for any of these problems.