Common Problem: Foundation Wall Cracks

You’ve noticed cracks in your basement walls. You’re worried it could be a sign of bigger problems. How do you know if your foundation wall cracks mean you need foundation repair? Do different types of cracks mean different things? We’re here to give you the run down on different types of foundation wall cracks and when you need to get help if you see them.

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Types of Wall Cracks

There are a few types of cracks you might see in your foundation. Here is the list:

Vertical Cracks: These cracks form due to foundation settlement. Foundation settlement can occur due to poorly compacted soil or changes in soil conditions around your foundation. Vertical cracks can lead to basement leaks that can sometimes be significant. We recommend a free inspection for these types of cracks as they can be very seriousStair

Step Cracks: These occur in block foundations due to soil pressure or foundation settlement. Water can build up around foundations and exert pressure on foundation walls causing what’s called hydrostatic pressure. This can cause these types of cracks to appear. These cracks indicate the need for foundation repair.

Horizontal Cracks: These cracks are serious and indicate a lot of pressure built up behind the foundation wall and can lean or bow in if not treated. Eventually, they will buckle and can even cave in when conditions are extreme enough. These types of cracks should be repaired immediately. 

Causes for Foundation Wall Cracks

  • Concrete Shrinkage
  • Soil Settlement
  • Changes in Soil Conditions Due to Weather 
  • Poorly Compacted Soil 
  • Poor Drainage Around the Foundation

The Good News? We Can Help!

When in doubt, it is always a good idea to have cracks inspected in your foundation. The foundation is the most important part of your home. While it may not be a fun home improvement, it is a necessary one. If your foundation isn’t in good health your home isn’t in good health. SFS offers free foundation inspection for homeowners. SFS serves Macon and Augusta, GA as well as the surrounding area. We have a range of foundation repair solutions that can be customized to your needs. Contact us to get your foundation resting on solid rock!

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Common Problem: Foundation Wall Cracks
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Common Problem: Foundation Wall Cracks