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Friday, September 18th, 2020 by Emily Dowling
Foundation walls can be damaged by soil pressure. In some cases, the soil's weight is simply too great to be held back by the foundation wall.
In other cases, soil with high clay content expands during wet weather, exerting extra pressure against foundation walls. Whatever the cause, there are several signs of foundation wall damage.
At first glance, a foundation problem may seem like an extreme undertaking. However, if you identify the damage before it becomes too advanced, most foundation issues have simple, permanent solutions -- many of which can be completed within a couple days!
Acting quickly is key, so recognizing the warning signs will help you know when to call a professional foundation repair specialist.
Exterior brick walls or interior concrete block walls can be damaged by soil pressure.
Stair-step cracking is a typical sign of foundation settlement and is very common in brick and concrete block walls. Vertical cracks may widen, which means the home is settling further.
Horizontal cracking near the middle of the wall is one of the first symptoms you'll notice when it begins to bow. Horizontal cracks usually start small and increase in width over time.
Shearing is one of the more dramatic -- and urgent -- signs of foundation failure on concrete brick foundation walls. Shearing appears near the bottom and occurs when the concrete floor in the basement holds the bottom row of blocks in place, but the rest of the wall slides forward.
One of the first telltale signs of foundation settlement are cracks that extend away from the corners of both interior and exterior wall openings such as doors, windows and heating/cooling vents.
Not only do these cracks decrease the appearance of your home, these can indicate serious issues with your home's foundation that need to be addressed sooner rather than later.
While there are many issues that can lead to sticking windows and doors, the two most common foundation-related causes are settlement and crawl space supports that have settled, shifted, or deteriorated.
We depend on windows and doors for ventilation, security, and aesthetic appeal. So when they don't operate correctly or don't look good because of skewed openings or cracks around openings, it's clear that something must be done.
It’s tempting to ignore them because foundation cracks often progress slowly. But every year that passes adds complexity and cost to the situation. You’ll end up paying for it eventually, either when you finally repair it, or when you have to lower your price to sell your home.
Do not let foundation issues progress. Contact the experts as soon as you identify any of these four warning signs.
Get your free foundation repair estimate today!