Foundation cracks vary in size, length and orientation. They are signs your home is at risk of being uneven. You may think that these are something serious, but some cracks are insignificant and nothing to worry about. Either way, it is important to seek a foundation repair contractor that can evaluate the cracks and address them with the recommended solutions they provide.
Rapid-Dri Foundation Systems, home of the top foundation repair pros in the area, discusses the types of foundation cracks and the meaning of each.
These cracks run up and down along the concrete but may move at an angle within 30 degrees of the vertical. It is one of the common forms of cracks, but also the type that doesn’t pose a structural threat to the foundation. One of the reasons for this is due to the concrete’s strong qualities. Even so, such a crack permits water to seep through. Basement waterproofing systems may be needed to fix the issue.
These cracks run diagonally along a 30- to 75-degree angle from the wall’s vertical. They often start with a wide, pronounced crack on one end and diminish to a thin, hairline crack on the other. Soil movement is one of the main reasons why these cracks occur. They are repaired the same way as vertical cracks, albeit with more sealant to prevent leaks and further damage to the foundation.
Cracks that run horizontally along the foundation walls are considered the most serious. Water coming from the soil may freeze and expand, pushing and breaking the foundation. It is also possible that the soil may be expanding and shrinking whenever it gets damp and dry, respectively. When any of these happen, a foundation replacement may be in order.
When it comes to foundation repair and replacement solutions, Rapid-Dri Foundation Systems is sure to deliver. We also provide crawl space services and waterproofing solutions for your basement. Give us a call at (734) 272-4495 to get started. You may also fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve residents of Ypsilanti, MI and surrounding areas.