Cracks in the foundation are a clear warning sign that the structure is experiencing problems and will need to be addressed soon. Keep in mind though that not all cracks are the same and they actually mean different things.
Rapid-Dri Foundation Systems, your local foundation repair specialist, shares the three most common foundation cracks and what they are trying to tell you.
These are uniform in width and often manifest as a v-shaped crack in the foundation that’s wider at the top and diminishes at the bottom of the foundation. These are fairly common in older buildings or homes that have sustained some form of shifting as it settles on the ground.
Be wary of shrinkage cracks that continue on to the floor, as these involve the building’s footings and is a clear sign that the property has sustained a settlement crack. This crack will require immediate foundation repair before it gets worse.
Cracks on Bricks
Since bricks don’t normally shrink and instead grow indefinitely, they aren’t as susceptible to cracking as other materials. They are also not often used as below-grade foundation, but when they are, they often sustain smaller cracks that are barely noticeable. A crack in the brick means the structure is more likely to move as it settles, has experienced some form of thermal expansion, or is the result of a support problem.
Concrete blocks shrink as they cure but rarely expand when exposed to moisture or temperature changes. Cracks on concrete are uniform in appearance and usually appear near or at the very center of the concrete masonry. Since concrete walls are stronger at the corners and are very stable, these cracks are easy to repair but should still be done as soon as possible.
At Rapid-Dri Foundation Systems, we will help you identify the reasons why your foundation is cracking and will recommend the most appropriate solution. We are experts at providing foundation replacement and repair for any kind of foundation.
Call us today at (734) 272-4495 to learn more about our services. We are a foundation repair specialist in Bloomfield Hills, MI.