Discovering a crack in your foundation can be a terrifying experience. Even the most structurally sound homes can develop wall cracks over time. Cracks in your basement walls can indicate foundation settlement. Waiting too long to address the problem may result in more severe foundation damage. Listed below are just some of the most common causes of foundation cracks.
Too Much Moisture In Your Home
Excess moisture can cause the soil that supports your home’s foundation to expand. Water leaks into your home can cause structural materials to swell, rot, and deteriorate. This can cause walls to crumble, crack, and mold grows.
Issues With Your Plumbing System
It is critical to ensure that your pipes are secure and not damaged. Inspecting your plumbing regularly is an excellent idea to ensure no leaks. If your home does not have basement waterproofing or a sump pump, the excess water will seep into the soil, expanding and pushing against your foundation.
Settlement occurs when the soil beneath your foundation becomes too unstable to support the weight of your home and shifts. Most homes are built to withstand about an inch of soil movement, though some areas require up to four inches. Settlement cracks can be caused by various factors, including soil movement, leaks in your basement, and even tree roots. Gaps between the floors, walls, and ceiling indicate the foundation settlement.
Extreme heat can also cause concrete to crack because it causes the concrete to expand. The concrete will grow during the day under the hot Sun, then shrink to its original position overnight. Dry heat can also cause the soil surrounding your foundation to shrink from the concrete, resulting in foundation gaps.
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