What Do Structural Cracks Mean?
Types of Cracks
Several types of structural cracks can be found in the home. But, what do all of these cracks mean? For instance, which structural cracks are serious, and which types of cracks should we be less concerned about? My Foundation Repairs can help home owners, and landlords alike find the answers to these (at times) complicated questions. To start, there are several types of cracks found in a home: ceiling cracks, wall cracks, basement cracks, and foundation cracks. Then, there are the distinct structure of each crack: horizontal, diagonal, stair crack, etc…Which type of crack are you concerned about? Let’s explore the specific types of cracks to understand the challenges you may be facing when it comes to your foundation.
Ceiling cracks are pretty common, and may be due to unsettled moisture damage, and overall deterioration over time. Typically, these cracks are pretty minor , and will not cause too much damage. However, sometimes even ceiling cracks can be due to foundation problems. More than likely, you need a professional to assess the ceilings cracks in your home. Please take a look at our video on ceiling cracks and let us find a solution for you!
Wall cracks are a sign of a moving foundation. Additionally, the main causes of wall cracks are foundation settlement, bowing and leaning walls, and heaving or shifting movement. These causes can lead to more serious issues, so it is important that you reach out to a foundation specialist sooner than later.
If you find a basement crack in your home, do not assume it is just ‘a crack. In fact, it could be a symptom of structural damage such as the movement of soil underneath your home. Essentially, repairing basements cracks will keep your home dry and ultimately stronger. Most importantly, once water leakage occurs and bowing walls appear, this typically means more serious damage has already transpired.
Foundation walls are under extreme pressure at all times; also, the age of a wall plays a huge factor in the amount of damage that has occurred. Foundation cracks are probably the most complex cracks to analyze which is why My Foundations Repair can help resolve these concerns. For instance, there are three types of foundation cracks: angled, stair-step, and horizontal. Check out our Foundation Cracks page to find more info on all of your foundation crack issues.
Vertical Cracks VS. Horizontal
A lot can be said about the variation of cracks. One of the occasional debates is which cracks are worse? For instance, a lot can be said about diagonal cracks versus horizontal cracks. So, what is the difference? Typically speaking, vertical cracks are in direct relation to foundation settlement which is very common. In contrast, horizontal cracks are generally caused by inconsistent soil pressure which is often thought of as a more serious issue. Even so, whether your building is suffering from vertical or horizontal cracks, please reach out to MFR for further foundation guidance.
Please contact us for all of your foundation crack issues. Whether it be a basement crack or a wall crack, we are here to serve your foundation needs! Call us at 888-611-1527.