It can be disconcerting to find significant cracks in your basement or foundation walls. If that has happened to you, then you might be wondering if water damage is the culprit. The tricky thing is that there are a lot of things that could have led to wall cracks forming. Here is some basic information to help you figure out what might have created wall cracks in your home.
Sometimes wall cracks have a completely natural explanation. After a house is first built, gravity will make it slowly sink and settle over time. Because of this natural shifting, some cracks can form in different parts of the wall, floor, or ceiling of your house. While most of these cracks are completely harmless, if they are very large, then it could be a warning sign of a weak foundation. The foundation might sink too much if the ground underneath it is too soft, and that can lead to a lot of structural issues.
The worst-case scenario for wall cracks is for water damage to be at play. Fortunately, you can usually spot several other warning signs to clue you in. For example, water damage tends to leave behind stains because of mold or mineral deposits. Also, if the area in question is damp, then that’s a clear sign of excess water. Make sure that you look in other parts of the house above the basement to see if the walls or floors appear to be warping from water damage as well.
Weather in Maryland can be quite unpredictable. Even in the early summer months, it’s not unheard of to hit a cold spell. Sudden temperature changes over time can easily affect your house, which is why it’s a good idea to have a foundation inspection at least once every year or so. Since water freezes when it expands, then a wet, humid climate that gets unusually cold can make water seep into small cracks and push them open. If you see wall cracks, it’s best to call a professional to check them and repair them before they can spread.
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