Cracks aren’t uncommon in foundations. Stone, masonry block, brick and concrete foundations often feature hairline cracks. These are often the result of normal settling of the foundation. They are also caused by normal expanding and contracting of the materials in the foundation as a result of changing environmental conditions.
While hairline cracks in many cases aren’t a cause for concern, they have the potential of developing into major problems in future. They can also allow water to seep through and cause a water seepage problem in your basement. It is therefore important to monitor your cracked foundation to ensure that you can spot problems in their early stages of development and attend to them.
Tips for Monitoring your Foundation
- Take note of the location, size and shape of cracks
The location, size and shape of the cracks in your foundation tell a lot about their cause. Cracks that are less than 1.5 mm wide are often termed as hairline crack and are often not a cause for concern. Cracks that are larger than ¼ inch are a sign of foundation movement.
Keep an eye on the cracks and note any changes.
- Keep an eye out for signs of foundation damage
Cracked foundations are only one sign of foundation damage. There are many other signs that you should keep a look out for to determine if your foundation is damaged. These signs include misaligned windows and doors, cracked drywall, sloping staircases and floors, gaps in seams between ceilings and wall as well as difficulty in closing or opening doors and windows.
If you spot these issues in combination with the cracks in your foundation, you know you are probably dealing with foundation damage and should contact a professional company to deal with the problems.
- Get your foundation inspected
If you are dealing with large cracks or cracks that are becoming larger, contact a professional contractor to inspect your foundation and provide you with a diagnostic report. Many professional contractors provide these services for free. You therefore have nothing to lose.
If there is evidence of significant damage to your foundation, then the contractor will recommend a solution to deal with the problem.
Many times, foundation cracks aren’t cause for concern. Keeping an eye on a cracked foundation is crucial to ensure that problems are dealt with in the early stages of their development. Contact a professional foundation contractor if you have cause for concern.