Learn how to stay on top of your foundation issues before they arise. It’s tough to tell when a crack in your foundation is something to worry about, or when you can repair it yourself. After reading this blog article, we hope you will have more knowledge on how to monitor your foundation.
Monitor new cracks for expansion
The best way to check a new crack for expansion is to mark on your foundation with a pencil or sharpie and take note of the distance between the crack. Continue this every month for 8-12 months. If it expands over a ¼ inch, it’s time to call a professional.
Seal all cracks where water can leak in
Cracks are normal in your foundation as it moves over time. If the cracks are larger than 1/8th of an inch then water can leak in. Simply seal the cracks with a concrete compatible caulk and that will do the trick.
Look for bulges in your walls, if there are cracks you need an expert to look at it
A bulge in your wall indicates that clay in your walls has begun to collect moisture and expand, putting pressure on your wall. This is no serious matter as your wall can collapse, causing lots of damage. You can measure to see if there is a bulge by grabbing a level and putting it against the wall to see if it is level. If you notice a bulge, it’s best to have a professional look at it to ensure there are no major safety concerns.
Note all horizontal cracks
Vertical cracks are common as foundations shift and often do not cause issues. Horizontal cracks are often a result of a structural issue and need immediate attention. Structural issues can be fixed with pier pushes, excavation, and more. Call the experts at Foundation Authority when you notice horizontal crack issues.
Call the pro’s for cracks ½ inch or wider
If you find cracks around your home that are wider than ½ of an inch, you need to call an expert ASAP. Cracks ranging from 1/8th to 1/4th of an inch are not so serious, but a ½ an inch crack is a serious concern that needs a professional eye.
If you need more information or need an inspection. Give the foundation experts at Foundation Authority a call at (586) 228-6500.