Do you have cracks in your basement walls?
If so, you may begin to wonder what is the cause of these cracks and what do they mean for your home. Examine these common types of cracks to help you find out what issues you could be having.
Vertical Basement Cracks
Vertical cracks form as a result of shrinking concrete during the curing process. These cracks can sometimes be so small that you can hardly see them. The good new is, these cracks typically do not structurally affect the basement wall and can be common in homes. However, vertical cracks can let moisture in if the outside wall’s waterproofing isn’t able to span the crack. If moisture is being let in, basement waterproofing may be the solution. If the crack appears to be fairly large, it could be a problematic sign.
Horizontal Basement Cracks
If a basement wall appears to be bowing inward, it is possible that a horizontal crack could occur. Horizontal basement cracks are commonly found mid-way up a wall. Those cracks are formed as a result of stress from the ground pushing against it. If the wall appears to be straight, it is important to keep an eye on the size of the crack. Cracks that continually get larger can be a sign that the wall is beginning to bow. A foundation expert can evaluate the crack and provide further information as to what might be causing the crack.
Diagonal Basement Cracks
Diagonal cracks are common in basement walls. They are typically caused by settling issues as a result of changes in ground conditions underneath the foundation footings. Some of the different types of diagonal cracks include:
- Diagonal cracks beginning at the top of the wall and moves down- This type of diagonal basement crack can be a sign of an inward titling foundation wall.
- Diagonal crack wider at the top and tighter at the bottom– This type of diagonal basement crack is typically caused by foundation settling. It can mean that your foundation is moving in two different directions.
- Diagonal crack in the corner of a window or door opening– There are many causes for this type of diagonal basement cracks. A common reason is due concrete shrinkage during the curing process.
If you have any of the following diagonal basement cracks, it is best to contact a foundation expert.
Stair Step Basement Cracks
Stair step basement cracks are similar to diagonal cracks. However, these cracks only occur in concrete block basement walls. If you have signs of stair step basement cracks, it is best to contact a foundation expert.
Let Foundation Systems of WV Help!
At Foundation Systems of WV, our experts can evaluate your cracks and decide which solution is best for your home. Contact us today for a free estimate. We will be happy to assist you with any questions or provide you with more information. From there, we can use our knowledge and skills to fix the problem. Foundation Systems of WV want to help keep your home and family safe and comfortable!
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