What Causes Foundation Cracks?
A common problem faced by homeowners all around the country is cracks in their home’s foundation. Foundation cracks are caused by a number of different factors; sometimes it’s the settling of the house, sometimes shrinkage of the concrete, and sometimes outside elements such as weather, water damage, or changes in the soil. Because there are so many different reasons that cracks can form, it’s likely that they could have already developed in your house. Perhaps you’ve already found them, or you’ve known about them for a while and haven’t given them much thought. Regardless of how they got there, are foundation cracks something you need to be worried about?
Foundation Cracks and Moisture
Extremely small cracks aren’t likely to cause problems, but even the smallest cracks can grow over time; and when they do, it can mean problems for you and your home. The main problem with a cracked foundation is moisture. Moisture and water leaks mean big trouble for your home’s structure, and it doesn’t take a lot for water to get in – a tiny crack in the foundation will do.
Once water finds its way inside, it begins to wreak havoc in many ways. The mold and mildew growth that follows may lead to many costly – and easily preventable – repairs. Not only will mold and mildew have a negative effect on the air quality throughout your home, but it can also damage items like photos, clothes, and furniture. The damp environment also becomes extremely inviting for pests such as roaches and silverfish. Even in dry states like Texas, a leaky basement can and will become a problem if it is left unchecked.
If water finds a path through the foundation, it will continue to flow. This constant trickling of water leads to erosion that will cause a small crack to grow larger over time. Generally, the larger a crack is, the more problems it will cause. A large crack can lead to weakening of your home’s overall structure, bowed walls, and even collapse in extreme cases.
Prevent Major Foundation Damage By Repairing Small Cracks
A cracked foundation can become a big problem, but it doesn’t have to be. Like most home repair issues, prevention is the best cure; having a small crack repaired as soon as it’s spotted will prevent many problems in the long run.
If you’ve noticed cracks in your foundation and don’t know whether or not you need to be concerned, the best idea is to call in a foundation expert for a professional evaluation. Trying to patch up foundation cracks by yourself is never a good idea. Foundation issues are tricky, and there are many factors that need to be taken into account before attempting to make any repairs; size and structure of the home, building materials used in the foundation, and the type of soil on which the house is built, are all things that need to be addressed before repairs can be made.
Schedule an Inspection With an Experienced and Local Foundation Professional
At Perma-Pier Foundation Repair of Texas, we have many years of experience working with all kinds of homes and foundations. Since we are based in Texas, our company is familiar with the specific challenges of working with Texan soil types, and we’re also familiar with problems caused by weather changes in our part of the country. Having this knowledge gives us a much clearer idea of what needs to be done in order to repair your foundation correctly.
If you’re experiencing foundation problems, contact us today and ask about a home evaluation. We’ll help you find the problem, let you know what needs to be done to fix it, and help you along the way to make sure your home remains safe, stable, and healthy for many years to come.