Basement Solutions offers basement waterproofing and foundation repair services for the entire South East Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware areas. This article should give you some information on your foundation as well as the cracks and leaks that can plague a home’s well-being.
There’s no exact method for determining how serious a wall crack is without hiring an expert to examine the wall. You might be able to determine whether it’s likely to become a larger problem though. Houses usually settle during the first few months and even a few years after construction, so minor wall cracks are common and often not super harmful. However, gaping cracks, separation and horizontal bowing lines might be signs that the issues are much more severe.
Severity of Cracks
To determine how serious a wall crack might be, examine the shape of the crack, the length of it and the direction it runs on the wall. If the crack is vertical and starts where the wall and ceiling meet, it might just be a sign of the foundation settling. Vertical cracks run the same direction as drywall, generally making them less serious. If the crack is horizontal or runs at a 45-degree angle, it means there is a more serious problem such as foundation shifting or water damage.
If this is the case, we recommend you contact a professional such as ourselves to request an inspection. Surface-blemish cracks can often be repaired with adhesive, some sanding 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.
A stair-step crack resembles a flight of stairs and runs both vertically and horizontally across the wall. The pattern usually follows the grout or cement lines between cinder blocks and they are a result of soil settling beneath the center of the wall.
Doors and Windows
Another way to test the severity of a wall crack is with the internal doors to bedrooms and bathrooms. If the doors are getting stuck, it likely isn’t a result of paint, faulty hardware or cracked wood. If there’s clearly nothing obstructing the motion of the door, it might be a sign of a moderate to severe foundation change, often resulting in cracks. Sticky doors could indicate that the frame has been twisted by a shifting house.
Study the area of the wall surrounding the crack looking 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 is often known as ‘nail popping’ and might be a sign of structural problems. Nail pops are frequently associated with more serious wall cracks and often signal significant wall movement.
However serious your problem may seem or not seem from the surface, it can never hurt to be sure! Let us give you our word of expertise and get to work before it’s too far gone. We will take care of all of your foundation repair and basement waterproofing issues, and our work is guaranteed.
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