Wall Cracks

Wall cracks are a common indicator that something is occurring in the foundation of your home. When you notice wall cracks starting to appear in your home, it usually means that your foundation is moving. The only good thing about these cracks is that they can actually be an indicator of the problem you are experiencing. Here is a listing of what the different types of cracks mean for your home or business with a description of how they look and what is likely causing them:

  • Angled or Horizontal Cracks – Bowing
  • Angled Only – Settlement or Sinking
  • Combination of  Vertical and Horizontal – Bow or Settlement
  • Center Converging – Bow or Settlement
  • Horizontal Only – Bowing
  • Stair Steps – Heaving or Settlement
  • Vertical Only – Heaving or Settlement
  • Vertical that are Wider at the Top – Side or Differential Settlement
  • Vertical that are Wider at the Bottom – Center Settlement

Causes of Wall Cracks

Wall cracks are definitely a signal to home and business owners that something is going on with your foundation. As you can see from the list above you will find that most of the cracks are due to the following problems:

Foundation Settlement: Settlement occurs when there are weak bearing soils, poorly compacted soil, changes to the level of moisture in the soil, or soil consolidation beneath part or all of your foundation. If the soil beneath your foundation can’t handle the load of your commercial or residential property, settlement is likely to occur.

Bowing and Leaning Walls: Bowing and leaning walls occur when pressure is exerted on the walls from the outside. When water levels are high in the soil this causes hydrostatic pressure to build up. It will push in on walls, causing them to bow, lean, crack, and even leak.

Heaving or Shifting and Moving: When there is a fast freeze or thaw, the ground can actually heave, shift, or move very quickly. There might be rapid expansion of the soil and the concrete that is above the expanding soil will heave, causing cracking in the walls.

You might also notice cracks in floors, tiles, ceiling, garage columns, slabs, foundations walls, steps, stoops, porches, drywall, and joints. These are all common signs that your foundation could be in some serious trouble and that you need to get in touch with a foundation repair specialist right away.

Solutions for Wall Cracks

Wall cracks can be fixed with polyurethane crack injections. Foam resins can be injected into cracks to seal them and, in some cases, make those places where the cracks were even stronger than they were prior tocracking. The foam actually will expand to fill the crack and form a bond to prevent water from leaking through wall cracks in the future. It may also determine, based on the cause of the crack, that underpinning solutions may be required. This is why we recommend that you use the resources of My Foundation Repairs to find a foundation contractor in your area. We have a network of foundation specialists that use only the very best in underpinning products from the proven industry leader,Earth Contact Products.

In the case of foundation settlement, steel push piers might be used to add strength, stability, and lift. Bowing walls can be resolved with an installation of helical tiebacks. Tiebacks can actually pull walls back very close to their original position and are easy to install in any type of weather. Wall anchors are another tool in the underpinning world that can add support to bowing and leaning walls. What is most important is finding a contractor that can inspect your foundation and find the best solution for your personal foundation needs. Use our state locator to find a foundation expert in your neck of the woods today. You can get a free inspection and estimate and be on your way to a healthier, safer foundation that is crack-free in no time.

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