If you see cracks in your poured concrete basement or crawl space walls, and more importantly, you notice that those cracks are allowing water to come in when it rains, that is a red flag that something isn’t right with your home’s foundation. When examining cracks in your basement’s brick walls, you will often see either vertical, horizontal or stair step cracks. But, what do they mean? You may need SouthernDry's crack repair services, but lets dive deeper into the different types of foundation cracks.
These cracks indicate a serious issue that must be addressed right away! The soil under your home is pushing against your foundation and forcing the walls in. If left alone, the horizontal cracks will grow into a bowed wall and eventually a collapsed wall. And if your foundation wall collapses, it will take the rest of your home with it.
Vertical cracks can be found on foundation walls of all ages. They're most often non-structural and caused by the shrinking of concrete as it cures. This type of cracking can be repaired quickly using our crack injection methods. This type of crack repair is perfect for sealing leaks.
Stair Step cracks:
These cracks tell you that your house is settling unevenly. The unstable soil under your home’s foundation, which is causing the settling, can cause other problems like drywall cracks or nail pops.
Oftentimes, one crack will lead to another, and these cracks will not get better on their own. It is best to monitor these cracks closely and seek professional help before further expensive damage occurs. SouthernDry proudly offers free inspections to homeowners and businesses in Birmingham, Pell City, Hoover, Bessemer, Anniston, Jacksonville, Cullman, Gadsden, Albertville, Jasper, Talladega, Tuscaloosa, Oxford, Montgomery, and the surrounding areas.
A free foundation inspection with one of our experts will allow us to decide on the exact method needed to repair your walls based on the type of wall and the size and type of the cracks. Whether it is Polyurethane crack injection, carbon fiber, piering or I-beams, we can find the best solution to permanently fix your basement walls. Complete our inspection form or call us today!