What Causes Foundation Cracks?

Your foundation is the most important part of your home. It’s critical to address foundation problems early to minimize potential damage. If you notice cracks in your foundation, you should consult a foundation repair expert right away. It might be a sign of a more serious problem.

What Causes Foundation Cracks?

Foundation cracks have several possible causes.

Settlement. Settlement takes place when the soil underneath your foundation can’t support the home’s weight. When your foundation settles, it can cause the concrete to crack. This problem can be addressed by installing a slab pier system under your concrete floor.

Soil movement. Expansive soil will absorb a large amount of moisture and expand below the foundation, causing cracks. Consolidating soil does just the opposite. It can shrink when it becomes dry, creating a gap between the foundation and the soil, leading to shifting.

Water leaks. Plumbing leaks get the soil underneath your foundation wet. This leads the soil to expand, creaking foundation cracks. Address plumbing problems as soon as they arise.

Tree roots. Some types of trees have roots that cause foundation damage. The roots draw all moisture from the soil beneath the foundation, causing it to contract. This leads to foundation movement and cracking.

What Causes Foundation Cracks?

Signs of Foundation Problems

If not addressed, foundation damage will only become more serious later. Here are some of the warning signs that your foundation is in need of repair.

  • Windows and doors suddenly get stuck or will not completely shut.
  • You see gaps between your ceiling and crown molding.
  • You see visible cracks in your walls.
  • Your floors are sagging or uneven.

If you notice any of these issues, you should have your foundation inspected by an expert as soon as possible.

Does your foundation need attention? Our team at Steady House Foundation Repair is ready to help you with any foundation issue. Contact us today for an estimate.