The moment a homeowner notices one or more cracks running along a wall or floor of the home will not be an enjoyable one. When there is any indication of a cracked foundation, it should be taken seriously and inspected as soon as possible.
However, it is important to know that not every crack in a foundation will mean there is a serious problem. It is important to know when a foundation crack equals trouble and when it is something that is nonessential.
What Causes Cracks?
There are several factors that can lead to shifting in a slab or a basement. Generally, the shifting is related to the soil surrounding the slab or basement. Any soil that has a considerable amount of clay will increase in size when it becomes wet. On the other hand, the soil will contract when it finally dries.
As a result of the changes in the soil, the foundation will experience varying degrees of pressure. The changes in pressure can cause the concrete to crack. Homeowners that experience poor drainage and constant leaks are more likely to encounter problems because an overabundance of moisture can cause the soil to expand.
Should I Ignore A Crack?
When one notices a crack in a foundation, it generally means some changes have taken place that resulted in structural shifts. However, there are cases where a crack means the foundation has settled. Settling can result in one or more cracked paint around various areas of the home. This is not always a major issue, but it is not something you should ignore.
Any type of crack can lead to the entrance of excess water and termites. It is important to be aware of the size of the cracks and any changes that may occur from season to season. Foundations that have cracks at different lengths may have other serious foundation problems. If the cracks expand throughout the year, we recommend reaching out to a professional foundation repair company.
What Are My Options?
For many homeowners, the small cracks in a home can be filled with cement or other fillings or sealant. However, using sealants to repair cracks is only recommended if the cracks have not expanded during the course of a full year. The majority of homeowners will need to call a professional foundation repair company to repair the cracks.
Dodson Foundation Repair has been trusted for years throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth areas to resolve foundation and concrete cracks. If you are in need of concrete repairs or foundation repairs, please do not hesitate to contact us today.