Cracks in Exterior Foundation Walls

Severe stair-step crack in exterior wall

Cracks in exterior foundation walls are most commonly caused by uneven settling of the foundation or from hydrostatic pressure from outside.

All structures, including schools, commercial buildings, churches, and homes settle. When one section (or several sections) of the foundation settles at a different rate than the rest of the foundation, the structure above can display symptoms of the sinking foundation.

Symptoms can range from foundation cracks such as basement wall cracks to sloped floors inside the home. You may also notice other signs including windows or doors not opening/closing properly, stair-step cracks in the corner of your basement, and even gaps between an internal wall and the floor or ceiling. Another sign could be a chimney leaning or tilting away from the house.

It’s important to know that while there are many possible symptoms of a settled foundation, the existence of even one of these indicators is reason enough to call the experts at ’58 Foundations & Waterproofing who can provide a thorough inspection and design a solution to your problem.

What If There’s a Hairline Crack in My Foundation Wall?

Not all cracks in exterior foundation walls are cause for alarm. Sometimes, as concrete dries, a hairline crack may appear in the process. These cracks are harmless. However, if you spot one of these cracks, check on it regularly to make sure it isn’t growing or widening. If the crack is changing, then it may be the product of uneven foundation settlement. That’s when you’ll want to call the experts at ’58!

Want to Know What Those Foundation Walls Cracks Mean?

Uneven settling can happen for a variety of reasons. Many foundation problems, including some uneven settling problems, are often caused by water. Groundwater can wreak havoc on foundations as hydrostatic pressure builds in the soil around the foundation. Addressing these cracks in your exterior foundation is important as they can only get worse with time. This can lead to worse problems and lower home values.

With over 64 years of experience in foundation repair, ’58 Foundations & Waterproofing has the quality products and honest methods to stabilize and repair your foundation. From our Carbon ’58 Wall Straps to our ’58 Strong Galvanized Helical Piers, we have the tools to create a customized solution and restore your peace of mind. What’s more, we offer an industry-unique lifetime warranty and money-back guarantee!

Contact your local ’58 Foundations & Waterproofing office to learn more about our foundation repair solutions. We have offices throughout the Eastern Seaboard, whether you’re near Philadelphia, PA, Chattanooga, TN, or Atlanta, GA. We’ll help schedule you for a free inspection and provide you with a free price quote. Our ’58 Foundations & Waterproofing experts will be happy to answer any questions and concerns!

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