Discovering that your foundation is cracked can be concerning. Even homes with solid structural integrity can develop wall cracks over time. Cracks in your basement walls may be a sign of the foundation settling. Ignoring the issue for too long could result in more severe damage to the foundation. Continue reading to learn more about the common causes of home foundation cracks.
If there is too much moisture, the soil that supports your home’s foundation can expand and damage structural components, such as decay or weakening caused by water leaks.
A Defective Plumbing System
Regularly inspecting your plumbing is crucial to ensure the pipes are secure and undamaged. This will help prevent any water leaks. If your house does not have basement waterproofing or a sump pump, excess water can seep into the soil and cause expansion, pushing against your foundation.
Settling In Your Foundation
When the soil becomes too unstable to sustain the weight of your home and changes, settlement happens. Most houses are designed to tolerate an inch of soil movement, while some regions may require up to four inches. Various sources, including soil movement, basement leaks, and tree roots, can cause settlement cracks.
Extreme Weather Conditions
Due to expansion, high temperatures can cause concrete cracking. As the concrete expands in the scorching heat throughout the day, it contracts to its original place overnight. Furthermore, dry heat may cause the soil surrounding your foundation to shrink, resulting in foundation gaps.
Contact All Aspects Waterproofing Today to Prevent Pests, Water Damage, and More!
When it comes to finding the best solution for your crawl space encapsulation and waterproofing needs, contact All Aspect Waterproofing, a Better Business Bureau A+ rated company with over 30 years of experience in the Washington, DC./Maryland/Virginia area. We have a great deal of experience in waterproofing, mold testing, and mold remediation, and we want to make you feel at home again. Contact us online or by calling 1-866-999-3110 or 301-766-4420. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Houzz to see what we’re up to.