4 Hidden Dangers of Cracks in Your Foundation

Cracks in your foundation walls are not only unsightly, but they can also be dangerous. Here are four of the most common types of foundation cracks and what they could mean for your home. If you ever have questions about specific cracks in your own home foundation, please do not hesitate to contact an expert, like the team at Marion Construction.

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Horizontal Cracks

Horizontal cracks are cracks that run the length of your foundation wall. They’re most often at or around waist height. These cracks indicate that the distribution of weight sitting on the wall is uneven, causing the wall to bow. This is a very serious structural concern and should be addressed by a professional foundation contractor immediately to prevent major damages to your home.

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Vertical Cracks

Vertical cracks are perhaps the most common type of break in a foundation wall you’ll see. They can happen for a variety of reasons, but, most commonly, they’re caused by concrete tension in new homes or by water pressure around the foundation caused by rain. These types of cracks generally pose little threat to your home and can be sealed easily with epoxy or another durable, waterproof filler.

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Diagonal Cracks

If you’ve ever lived in a house on a mountain or hill, you’ve probably seen diagonal cracks. These cracks are caused by differential settlement and soil shifting common in sloped areas. While not immediately concerning, diagonal cracks could be an indicator of serious future structural and foundation problems. When these appear, it’s wise to contact a professional to evaluate your foundation and see if your home could use additional supports.

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Stair Step Cracks

Stair Step cracks are common in both block and brick foundation walls, and in both they’re cause for immediate concern. A stair step crack in a block wall is usually a sign of profound bending in the wall. In a brick foundation, this crack is typically the result of a settling foundation. No matter what type of foundation you have, these cracks are indicators of very serious problems to come sooner rather than later. If you notice a stair step crack, call an expert immediately.

Marion Construction has spent years diagnosing and repairing all kinds of cracks in home foundations. If you have a crack in your foundation that needs professional attention, please contact our team. Our expert contractors will help diagnose and repair the crack to give you back your peace of mind.