When are Cracks a Serious Problem?

 In Concrete, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Structural Repair

Concrete cracks don’t have to create structural troubles for it to be a problem. Cracks are ugly, suspicious things that aren’t easy to fix, and even one that’s no more than a hairline could grow and create all kinds of difficulties.

Generally speaking,  any  concrete cracks wider than 1/16 inch is a problem, especially if it admits water or increases in width or length, or if its faces grind against each other with changes in temperature and humidity. All of these indicate foundation movement and that’s not good.

Additionally, termites can slip through a crack that’s 1/64 inch wide. If you live in an area where termites are common, have your home inspected by a licensed termite-control contractor.

The good news is that in most cases only large cracks indicate structural trouble. We encourage you to contact us at constructions solutions 911 if any  cracks in your home wraps around a corner, reaches from the basement floor to the top of the foundation wall, or runs horizontally and the wall below it leans into the basement. All of these problems indicate that the soil supporting the foundation is moving (horizontally or vertically) and taking the foundation with it.


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