Crack Foundations

Foundation Cracks: What You Need to Know

Foundation Problems Signs

When you notice cracks along your foundation, it’s unsettling. But before you panic, know  what those cracks mean and what’s causing them. They could be normal and nothing to  worry about, or they could point to potentially serious problems.

Of all the foundation cracks, the stair-step cracks are the most dangerous.

Foundation cracks, the stair-step cracks are the most dangerous

Stair-Step Cracks

As hairline cracks are a common feature of all the foundation cracks, the stair-step cracks  are the most dangerous. 

They normally run in a diagonal line and assail concrete blocks and brick foundations    Cracks start in a joint or at the end of the wall then taper down or climb up. 

Like all diagonal cracks, they’re caused by differential settlement.

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Foundation Crack Repair

Foundations crack for many reasons including unstable soils, poor drainage and settling.  Cracks may indicate serious structural problems and others may be insignificant. 

Exterior cracks that are large and have a zig-zag pattern may be a sign that there’s  something wrong with the foundation.

This soil movement is just one of a number of reasons that foundations crack or fail.