Should I be concerned about my foundation crack?

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Should I be concerned about my foundation crack?


Foundation cracks can be a cause for concern for homeowners, as they have the potential to lead to serious structural issues if left unattended. However, not all foundation cracks are equal, and determining whether a crack requires immediate repair can be a bit tricky. Here are some things to look at to determine the seriousness of your crack. 


1) Size and Width: One of the first things to consider when assessing a foundation crack is its size and width. Generally, the smaller the crack, the less concerning it is. You can measure the crack using a ruler or measuring tape, paying close attention to its width. If the width is wider than 1/8 inch, the best idea is to get a professional to look at it. 

2) Direction and Orientation: The direction and orientation of the crack can also help determine the seriousness of your crack. Vertical and diagonal cracks are often less serious than horizontal cracks. Vertical cracks can be caused by settling and are less likely to indicate a major issue that needs immediate attention. Diagonal cracks can be caused by minor shifts in the foundation. Horizontal cracks can indicate more serious problems, such as pressure from soil or water and should be looked at as soon as possible. 

3) Location: The location of your crack can also help determine how serious the crack is. Cracks higher up on the walls might be less worrisome than cracks that originate near the base of the foundation. Cracks near corners, doorways, or windows can be more indicative of potential structural problems.

4) Changes Over Time: Monitor the crack over time to see if it's getting worse or changing shape or length. Take photos and/or measurements periodically to track any changes. If a crack starts to widen, lengthen, it's a sign that there is a more serious problem and requires attention. 

5) Interior Effects: Pay attention to how the crack is impacting the rest of your home. If you notice doors or windows that suddenly don't close properly, or if you see cracks forming throughout the rest of your home, these could be signs that the foundation crack is causing shifts in your home's structure.

6) Moisture and Water Intrusion: Foundation cracks can be pathways for moisture to enter your home. If you notice moisture or water intrusion around the crack, this can weaken your foundation. Water can lead to more serious problems like mold growth and further structural damage. As soon as you notice water or moisture, contact a professional. 

If you're unsure about the severity of a foundation crack, or would like some peace of mind regarding the crack, it's always a good idea to seek professional advice. You can always contact us for a FREE inspection. We have the knowledge and experience to accurately diagnose the issue and recommend the appropriate course of action.

In conclusion, not all foundation cracks demand immediate repair, but it's crucial to evaluate them carefully to determine their seriousness. Remember that foundation issues can worsen over time, so addressing any concerns promptly can save you from more extensive repairs down the road. Foundation cracks will ONLY get worse, never better. 

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