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Basement Solutions Foundation Crack Repairs, How to Determine if Foundation Cracks are Serious


Foundation Repair

Basement Solutions has been offers Basement Waterproofing and Foundation Repair Services for the entire South East Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. This article brought to us by our friends at Home Guides, will give you some valuable information regarding cracks on your foundation and what to do about it.

There’s no exact method for determining how serious a wall crack is without hiring an expert to examine the wall, but you might be able to analyze the crack and surrounding area to determine whether it’s likely a surface blemish or a larger problem. Houses usually settle during the first few months and even years after construction, so minor wall cracks are likely. However, gaping cracks, separation and horizontal crack lines might be signs that the issues are more severe.

Severity of Cracks

To determine how serious a wall crack might be, it’s best to examine the shape of the crack and the direction it runs on the wall. If the crack is vertical and starts near the apex where the wall and ceiling meet, it might be a sign that it was created when the foundation settled after construction. Vertical cracks run the same direction as drywall, generally making them less serious. If the crack is horizontal or runs at a jagged 45-degree angle, it might mean there’s a more serious problem such as severe foundation shifting or water damage/water intrusion.

On these cases, we recommend you contact a professional immediately to request a basement waterproofing and foundation repair inspection. Surface-blemish cracks can often be repaired with drywall putty, sanding tools and a fresh coat of paint. More severe cracks usually require professional help to determine the exact cause and might include reconstruction to prevent further damage.

Stair-Step Cracks

A stair-step crack looks like a flight of stairs and runs in both vertical and horizontal directions across the wall. The continuous pattern usually follows the grout or cement lines between cinder blocks. Stair-step cracks in cinder block foundation walls are a result of soil settling beneath the center of the wall. The only way to tell if the issue is serious is to hire an an engineer to perform soil tests.

Doors and Windows

Another way to test the seriousness of a wall crack is to open and close internal doors to bedrooms and bathrooms and evaluate whether the doors stick. If so, ensure the sticking isn’t a result of paint, faulty hardware or cracked wood. If you determine there’s nothing obstructing the motion of the door, it might be a sign of a moderate to severe foundation change, often resulting in wall cracks. According to MSN Real Estate, sticky doors could indicate that the frame has been twisted by a shifting house. If you notice a gap at the top of a sticky door, that might also signal a serious settlement problem. Resulting in jagged, horizontal cracks on nearby walls.

Visible Nails

Study the wall area surrounding the crack and look for nail heads that might be visible on the wall surface. The nail might not have damaged the drywall, but it has likely pulled away from the wooden stud. This phenomenon is often known as “nail pops” or “nail popping” and might be a sign of structural problems. Nail pops are frequently associated with more serious wall cracks and often signal significant drywall shear movement.

Whatever your problem may be,  remember to always contact your foundation repair and basement waterproofing experts of Basement Solutions.

We will take care of all your foundation repair and basement waterproofing issues, and our work is guaranteed for life.

Visit our website at www.basements911.com, or call us at 1-877-495-9111 to request a free inspection.