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 PART 1

The crack has always been there…or has it? Maybe you've noticed it getting worse, maybe you’re trying to sell your home and it has become an issue, or maybe you’re just concerned about your biggest capital investment and your family’s safety.  



































FOUNDATION & WALL CRACKS

When it comes to foundation problems, free contractor inspections can get very expensive. After you get a few quotes, call us to see about saving thousands.

Well, first of all, let us assure you that this condition is usually not nearly as big a problem as you will often be told it is. Cracks arise from the same underlying problem in nearly all cases. You likely have a continuous concrete footing that has cracked all the way through in at least one location, sometimes in multiple locations. Your concrete footing is a continuous beam of concrete that sits about 12” below the ground, so the problem usually isn’t visible. This is particularly common in older homes, but can occur in new homes as well.  Once a crack occurs in your footing it can move somewhat independently on either side of the crack. This movement could be either a slight rotation, or independent vertical movement, or both.  Of course the brick and sheet rock supported by the footing will follow right along, causing a crack to form in these materials as well.  Other structural problems can also cause this type of cracking, but this is the most common cause by far.  

In PART 2 we discuss how to prevent further cracking and in PART 3 we discuss economical foundation repair options.


















PART 1: WHY CRACKS HAVE OCCURED

PART 2: PREVENTING FURTHER CRACKING

PART 3: REPAIR OPTIONS