Knowing the Signs of Foundation Failure
Not all cracks are bad. To recognize whether you need to call a professional, you need to know which ones are a cause for concern. Small, hairline cracking is normal. This happens because concrete shrinks as it cures. Floor cracks that you do need to watch for include:
- Cracks larger than 1/8-inch wide
- Water leaking through a crack
- Floor cracks that change or keep getting worse
Do you think your cracks might be a sign of foundation issues? The team at Yellowstone Structural Systems can help. Schedule a free inspection today.
What Causes Floor Cracks
Foundation cracks are generally due to foundation settlement. Settling happens when the soil that your home sits on doesn’t fully support the structure. When your home is built, part of the construction process is to dig up the soil where your foundation will go. After construction, the soil is refilled around it. This causes the soil to be less compact, creating pockets of air and loose soil. Eventually, your home will begin to settle into these weak spots and cause floor problems floor problems like cracking.
The Real Dirt on Foundation Problems
Foundation problems happen for four unavoidable reasons: overly dry soil, oversaturated soil, poorly compacted soil, and the type of soil around your home. Each of these, or a combination of these, leads to things like foundation settlement, foundation heave, and a multitude of other symptoms that happen due to structural problems.
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Ensure the safety of your home’s foundation. Chat with one of our experts to understand more about your unique situation. We’ll help you find the best solution to permanently fix your foundation, and restore your home’s stability.