Cracks in Your Foundation – Should You Be Worried?
Owning a home can feel like a never-ending to-do list. But as a homeowner, it’s important to know when damage is serious and in need of quick attention. And if you’ve noticed cracks in your foundation recently … this repair may be at the top of your list.
Luckily, not all cracks are created equal. Some foundation cracks can be remedied with simple repairs, while other cracks can indicate more serious structural damage and can put the structural integrity of your property at risk.
How to Identify Foundation Damage Warning Signs:
There are three main types of foundations: basements, crawl spaces, and concrete slabs. Each of these foundations have different characteristics, which determine what types of cracks are problematic and what types of repairs are needed. However, any time there is significant foundation deterioration or damage, the warning signs will be the same. Here’s what to look for:
- Doors and windows that seemed misaligned or stick.
- Sloped or uneven floors.
- Dampness or moisture in the basement or crawlspace.
- Counters, cabinets, and other static structures pulling away from the walls.
- Warped ceilings or cracks near wall seams.
If you’ve noticed one or two of these warnings signs, it’s best to have your foundation inspected by a professional foundation repair company.
What Types of Cracks to Look For:
When it comes to identifying foundation cracks, and the severity of the problem, the type of foundation will determine what constitutes a critical crack.
In concrete wall foundations or slabs, larger cracks that are diagonal and travel from a corner of the wall, vertical cracks that appear below the soil line, or any cracks that allow water to penetrate the foundation are more severe and need to be inspected by a professional immediately. While small cracks that do not show any signs of moisture or movement, and especially when they appear above the soil line, are typically defects in the concrete and do not pose a major threat to the structure. However, if you aren’t sure, it’s always best to consult an expert.
Cracks in block, or brick and mortar foundations tend to pose lower risks since the mortar is usually the weakest part of the foundation structure and will show wear and tear first. Mortar is also easily repaired. However, if you’ve noticed bricks or blocks that are beginning to separate, moving inwards or outwards, or showing signs of dampness or chipping, this may indicate a more serious problem at play. As always, if you are unsure of the severity of the cracking, always consult with a foundation repair company to inspect the foundation.
If you think your home may be in need of foundation repair, foundation replacement, or earthquake retrofitting, contact Julian Construction today and we will send one of our foundation specialists out to conduct a free, thorough inspection with a quote for repair.
We have extensive experience serving our Los Angeles community and nearby regions. In fact, Julian Construction has inspected over 30,000 structures in the area! Give us a call at (323) 733-3377 to schedule your free inspection or complete the inspection request form.