Foundation cracks are one of the most common problems homeowners face when it comes to foundation issues. Not all foundation cracks are a sign of serious issues, but all but the smallest probably should be repaired in order to prevent the cracks from causing other issues.
Foundations on the Level specializes in foundation crack repair and foundation slab leveling. If you are a homeowner and are experiencing cracks in your foundation, give us a call to schedule a free inspection.
Foundation cracks can happen for a variety of reasons, the majority of them stemming from natural causes.
In some cases, hairline cracks will occur as the concrete shrinks while drying. In other cases the normal small amount of settlement for a new home will spur small vertical or diagonal cracks.
Other causes of cracking, however, are more structurally concerning.
Our California climate is great for enjoying the outdoors, but it’s tough on foundations. Dry soil conditions mean that the soil surrounding the foundation often cracks and crumbles.
In the event that we do experience rain, the soil quickly soaks up the water and expands. Cracks in the soil can allow for water to flow near the home’s foundation, which causes the soil to move. When the soil surrounding your home is displaced, the structural support is taken away. This causes the foundation to sink, settle, and eventually crack.
Although cracks in your foundation are a concern, unless the foundation is literally crumbling, most foundation cracks can be repaired. The majority of cracks aren’t structural, but they can lead to structural problems if they aren’t repaired properly, and in a timely manner.
In order to repair foundation cracks, we will need to inspect and assess your home’s foundation, as well as the soil conditions surrounding your home. Upon inspection, we will be able to diagnose your foundation problems, and come up with a solution!
For some foundation cracks, professionally filling the crack will be enough. In these cases, the cracks aren’t structural and the concerns are mostly the damage that could be caused by the crack itself. Filling these cracks correctly will prevent water and pests from infiltrating through your foundation walls.
Structural cracks are a different issue.
Simply repairing and filling a structural foundation crack is not a long-term repair solution because this option doesn’t solve or address the underlying cause, whether it is lack of support for the foundation or hydrostatic pressure pushing in on the walls. If anything, you may even notice more cracks or worsening conditions in a few years.
Once we have determined that a crack is structural and what is causing it, we can begin to put together a solution to repair your foundation. There are many different types of foundation repair methods out there, and the best approach is going to be determined by the initial problem you are having. In order to effectively repair structural foundation cracks, and prevent them from happening in the future, we have to address the underlying problems.
We understand that no two foundations are alike. That’s why we offer a personalized approach to foundation repair throughout our San Diego and Orange County service area. Whether you are experiencing a small foundation crack, or are struggling with something more serious, we’re confident that we can work with you to come up with a customized solution to fit your needs and budget. Give us a call today to schedule an inspection!
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