Unlike an uneven floor or a sticking door, a wall crack is an obvious sign that something is wrong with your home’s structural integrity. What you might not know is, that crack may not have anything to do with the wall itself, but instead may have occurred because your home’s foundation has shifted as the soils beneath it have become unstable for a variety of reasons.
While a crack in a basement wall can stay out of sight (and out of mind) for years or even decades, a crack in an interior wall is something you and your houseguests will see every day. Put simply, it just looks bad. So, this cosmetic aspect gives interior wall cracks added urgency, which, in a strange way, may actually be a good thing.
Diagnosing and Fixing the Problem
NSquare offers a variety of solutions to permanently repair cracked, sinking foundations to prevent interior wall cracks from forming, including:
Our project consultants are trained to expertly diagnose foundation problems. They use highly specialized equipment that allows them to develop a solution tailored to your home’s unique needs. By the time the inspection is over, you’ll know exactly what caused the problem, exactly what it will take to fix it permanently and exactly how much it will cost to do so.
Once a solution has been customized for your home, we pick a date for the job. At that time, a highly trained crew of technicians will install the solution, leaving your home fixed and protected for future generations — restoring its value, improving your family’s quality of life and giving you lasting peace of mind.
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.