Is Your Basement Cracked?
DO YOU HAVE A FOUNDATION PROBLEM?
The initial signs that your foundation has been impacted by weather are wall cracks – big and small. Cracks above doorways or in unusual and unfamiliar spots are the first indicator that your foundation may have shifted. You can also check for an uneven floor, which is also a sign your foundation has moved. Place a golf ball on the floor and see if it rolls; that is a good indicator that there is evidence of an uneven floor.
WHO SHOULD I CALL IF MY BASEMENT IS CRACKED?
We recommend that you hire an unbiased professional to determine the extent of your foundation damage. A home inspector or a structural engineer will be able to assess the damage and recommend next steps.
A foundation contractor may also be called, but know they have a vested interest in their consultation. An un-biased professional will let you know if the foundation’s movement is within normal tolerance or if it is causing major damage and needs repair.
They may also be able to determine if the movement is being caused by dry soil, or if there is another issue causing the cracks.
ARE BASEMENT CRACKS A BIG DEAL?
Although basement cracks are not uncommon, sometimes they do need to be addressed. If your foundation’s movement is not within the normal tolerance, you will want to hire a contractor to fix your foundation’s walls. Failing to repair the foundation cracks may result in progressive foundation movement, structural framing issues, and leaks.
The foundation of a home is one of the most important features to properly maintain. The foundation maintains the entire structural integrity of the home. Start preserving the foundation now by placing a soaker hose six-inches away from the foundation for one hour each day. If you notice cracks or shifts have occurred, call a professional to access the movement and to prevent further damage.