Common Causes of Foundation Cracks
Finding a crack in your foundation can be a frightening experience. Even the most structurally sound homes may experience cracks in the walls over time. Cracks in your basement walls can be a sign of foundation settlement. If you notice a crack in your basement walls, you need to have it inspected immediately. Waiting too long to address the issue can lead to more serious foundation damage. Here are some of the most common causes of foundation cracks.
Too Much Moisture
Water is the biggest reason for foundational problems. Excess moisture can cause the soil that is supporting the foundation of your home to expand. When water leaks into your home, it can cause the structural materials to swell, rot and weaken. This can cause walls to crumble, crack or even grow mold.
It is important to make sure your pipes are secured and are not damaged. It is a good idea to check your plumbing regularly to ensure there are no leaks. If your home is not equipped with basement waterproofing or a sump pump, the excess water will seep into the soil, causing it to expand and push against your foundation.
Usually, settlement happens when the soil underneath your foundation is too unstable to support the weight of your home, and it shifts. Most homes are built to allow for about an inch of soil movement, though some areas require the home to withstand up to four inches. In addition to soil movement, leaks in your basement and even tree roots can contribute to settlement cracks. Gaps forming between the floors, walls, or ceiling are also an indication of foundation settlement.
Concrete can also crack under extreme heat because it causes the concrete to expand. The concrete will expand under the hot Sun during the day, and then the concrete will shrink back to its original position overnight. Dry heat can also cause the soil around your foundation to shrink away from the concrete, causing gaps in the foundation.
During the colder months of the year, another cause of cracks in your foundation is frost heave. When soil freezes and thaws, it expands and shifts underneath your foundation. Similar to foundation settling, this movement causes your concrete to also shift; leading to cracks. If you notice any gaps or cracks in your basement, you should address the issue immediately. We here at All Aspects Waterproofing have years of experience in basement waterproofing and foundation repair. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us!
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