Foundation Wall Cracks Repair in South Florida
Identifying The Cause Of Your Foundation Wall Cracks - & How To Repair Them
You’ve noticed cracks on your foundation walls.
- Horizontal or vertical wall cracks
- Stair-step or diagonal cracking
How to Fix It:
Foundation wall cracks have several different causes. Each wall crack repair has its own unique method.
Concrete walls may experience small cracks as they cure. These are normal and may be no cause for alarm.
If your walls are cracking due to foundation settlement issues, foundation piers may be your solution. These cracks will usually appear in a vertical or stair-step manner.
We have warrantied solutions that fix foundation wall cracks! Call us for a free foundation repair quote today!
Different Types Of Foundation Wall Cracks
Foundation cracks vary in severity from a simple cosmetic issue to a major problem with your home. However, even serious foundation problems, when addressed early on, can be quickly and permanently fixed.
Cracks form in foundation walls for three main reasons:
1. Curing Concrete
As concrete cures, it is common for small cracks to appear in foundation walls. These cracks are very common, and they’re not a sign of a major foundation problem.
Shrinkage cracks tend to be very small hairline cracks that are usually 1/16″ wide or less. They generally occur near the center of a span and maintain a consistent width for the length of the crack.
A Word Of Warning: Be careful not to assume that a crack in your foundation is merely a shrinkage crack! If you see cracks in your foundation walls, monitor them regularly. If the cracks widen enough that you can fit a dime in them, or one end of the crack grows wider than the other, you should consult a foundation contractor right away.
2. Foundation Settlement
When the soils underneath your foundation fail to support the weight of your home, the foundation will begin to settle unevenly, and cracks will appear. As vertical cracks form and the wall or corner of the house begins to rotate, you will typically see cracks that are wider at the top or bottom.
Foundation cracks that are caused by settlement are very serious, and they will only get worse over time as the home continues to move. If you are concerned that your foundation may be cracking due to settlement issues, it’s best to consult a professional right away.
Repairing Foundation Wall Cracks
If the problem is unstable soils underneath your foundation, there are effective solutions that can permanently repair your foundation or structure.
Foundation Pier Systems are an excellent way to stabilize and potentially lift a foundation that is resting on soils that cannot support the weight of the home. Foundation piers are a permanent solution for homes that are settling, and they can be installed year-round.
Push Piers stabilize foundations by transferring the weight of the home deep below the foundation, reaching to bedrock or competent strata.
Helical Piers are an excellent way to stabilize foundations when there is sufficient knowledge of local soil conditions. They are advanced into the soils underneath the foundation via a helical blade.
Temporary Fixes For Foundation Walls
Many contractors will try to earn your business by suggesting a cheap solution that they know will not permanently solve your problem. Solutions that hide your issues, such as painting over drywall cracks, whic is a short-term solutions only. If the cause of the problem is not addressed, the cracks will soon reappear, and more covering up and patching will be needed.
Additionally, attempts to seal drywall or mortar cracks are easy to identify, due to variances in the finish or workmanship. It's especially difficult to match original mortar colors. And if you decide to properly repair your foundation later, these "patches" may need to be removed before the repair can properly restore your walls.
So in the end, you're not hiding anything! Plus, you have to disclose the problem anyways if you ever plan to sell the house.
Can I Have A Settlement Issue If My Foundation Walls Aren't Cracked?
There are several foundation problems that can occur even when your foundation walls themselves are not cracking.
Sagging Crawl Spaces
Crawl spaces can sag when the support beams sink into the ground. They can also sink when mold and rot weaken floor joists and girders or when too few crawl space support posts are in place to adequately support the structure bearing down from above them.
As crawl spaces sag, the floor above will also sink. As the floor sinks, it can pull on the partition walls attached to it, leading to drywall cracks.
Heaving Or Sinking Slab Floors
When the soils underneath slab floors settle or are washed away, the floor itself will begin to sag. Likewise, when the soils underneath a concrete floor expand, the slab will begin to lift upwards.
Either way, the movement of concrete floors can lead to cracks along drywall and the floor itself.
We Do Foundation Wall Crack Repair In FL
No matter what kinds of problems you're experiencing with your foundation walls, our in-house team of foundation experts is here to help. At NSquare, Inc., we repair foundations throughout Florida every day,
Each of our free quotes comes at no obligation and includes an on-site inspection, a personal consultation and a written estimate.
To schedule your free quote, call or e-mail us today! We serve Sarasota, Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Glades, Hendry, Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach.