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Basement Wall Cracks: Causes And Solutions

Understanding why your basement wall has a crack requires some expertise. This is not a one-solution fits all repair.

Some wall cracks need no repair as they simply occurred from shrinkage when the concrete dried. Some cracks may need a wall brace to stabilize movement. Other cracks may require that the foundation footer be stabilized to prevent further sinking or settlement.

From the inspection, a foundation specialist can determine whether-or-not there is a problem that needs repair, and what that solution needs to be.

A wall crack that has expanded or widened, is leaking, or shows a clear bowing, is worth having inspected as there are signs of a potentially worsening problem.

The most common foundation or basement wall cracks your basement may be experiencing:

Vertical cracks. Generally, these are hairline cracks and are caused from the shrinking of the concrete that occurred soon after the foundation was built. In most cases, unless the crack is leaking or expanding, there is no cause for concern.

Horizontal cracks. These can occur in poured concrete or concrete block walls. Horizontal cracks can be from pressure exerted on the exterior of the wall and pushing it inward. This can be a sign of bigger trouble and worth getting an inspection.

Stair-step cracks. These cracks can be a sign of pressure exerted on the exterior of the wall and pushing it inward or from settlement that is dropping a part of the basement floor. Both can be signs of larger problems and should be inspected by a foundation specialist.

A leaking crack. A leaking wall crack is a problem that should be addressed sooner than later.

In all cases, if you have any concern with your wall crack, give us a call. We’ll help schedule you for a free inspection and provide you with a detailed cost estimate!

Basement Wall Cracks: Causes And Solutions

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Basement Wall And Foundation Crack Repair Solutions

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Wall And Foundation Cracks Can Lead To More Costly Repairs
Wall And Foundation Cracks Can Lead To More Costly Repairs
It Starts With A Small Crack! Whether Your Basement Walls Have Cracks Or Your Exterior Foundation, If Left …
Warning Signs That Point To A Basement Problem
Warning Signs That Point To A Basement Problem
Small Cracks Turn Into Big Ones! Identifying Early Signs That Your Foundation May Be Settling Can Help Save Time And Repair Costs. …
Types Of Basement And Foundation Cracks And Their Causes
Types Of Basement And Foundation Cracks And Their Causes
Cracks On The Interior Basement Walls Are Often The First Indication Of Foundation Damage. They are often a sign of …
How To Fix Foundation Wall Cracks
How To Fix Foundation Wall Cracks
At ’58 Foundations, We’re Equipped With A Variety Of Effective And Long-Lasting Solutions For The Different Types Of Foundation Wall Cracks …

Wall And Foundation Cracks Can Lead To More Costly Repairs

It starts with a small crack!  Whether your basement walls have cracks or your exterior foundation, if left neglected it will only grow larger with time.  Resulting in higher repair costs and structural damage. Benefits of fixing foundation and wall cracks (large and small):

  • Ensures stability of your home
  • Addresses potential structural damage issues which could save you time in the future
  • Helps to eliminate moisture from entering home…and from turning into mold
  • Makes it hard for unwanted pests making your home their home
  • Increases the value of your home as potential buyers will not feel confident making a purchase that could need major or costly repairs

Help preserve the value of your home!  Call to schedule your FREE inspection today.

Wall And Foundation Cracks Can Lead To More Costly Repairs

Warning Signs That Point To A Basement Problem

Small cracks turn into big ones! Identifying early signs that your foundation may be settling can help save time and repair costs. Here are some things to look for:

  • Leaning, tilting, bulging or bowed walls
  • Vertical, horizontal, diagonal or stairstep cracks
  • “V” shaped cracks
  • Basement concrete floor cracks that continue from the wall
  • Parallel floor cracks to the wall
  • Drywall tape buckling or ripping
  • Cracks that get bigger with time
  • Chunks of concrete or blocks that have fallen from the wall

If you see any of these, ’58 Foundations can assess the situation and provide an honest solution.  In our 64 years of experience we’ve seen and repaired every type of wall crack we’ve run into … with the exception of those few walls that were too far damaged to be repaired.

Warning Signs That Point To A Basement Problem

Types Of Basement And Foundation Cracks And Their Causes

Cracks on the interior basement walls are often the first indication of foundation damage. They are often a sign of concrete shrinkage and usually occur a year after initial construction. Although most times these are not a structural concern, they may leak when it rains…leading to more costly problems!

A basement wall crack can also be the sign of a more significant structural problem like bowing, bulging, or leaning of a basement wall due to pressure from the outside.

When in doubt, call us and we’ll be happy to assess your home’s foundation.

  • Horizontal Cracks: Usually caused by pressure against the sides of the walls. This often occurs when water pressure or frost (think frost heaves) pushes against the foundation at a level greater than the walls structural integrity.
  • Vertical Cracks: Generally caused by the shrinking of concrete as it cures. These cracks typically appear within a relatively short period of time after concrete is poured. These vertical wall cracks are usually less damaging than horizontal cracks but could possibly indicate damage from a settling foundation. If in doubt, give us a call.
  • A stair-step crack: These cracks generally follow the mortar along a concrete block wall in a horizontal fashion. Stair-step cracks are quite possibly a sign of a more serious problem. These cracks may be indicating that your wall is pulling apart from itself in all four directions and requires stabilization. One common cause for this type of crack is a sinking foundation, which can be caused by settlement.

Some of these problems require simple fixes, such as sealing foundation cracks with injected epoxy to stop a water leak. But other problems may be more serious and require different solutions, such as bowing walls that may require reinforcement to stabilize them and cease further movement.

’58 Foundations can help you determine the type of crack you have and the best solution.

Types Of Basement And Foundation Cracks And Their Causes

How To Fix Foundation Wall Cracks

At ’58 Foundations, we’re equipped with a variety of effective and long-lasting solutions for the different types of foundation wall cracks that you may encounter in your home:

  • Carbon ’58 Wall Straps: Made of carbon fiber, our Carbon 58’ Wall Straps pull double-duty as they reinforce and stabilize your foundation wall. Ideal for stair-step cracks, horizontal cracks and floor cracks.
  • Carbon ’58 Floor Stitches: Stop basement floor cracks from spreading with our carbon floor stitches.
  • ’58 Strong I-Beams: Provide foundational support to stop call and foundation cracks.
  • ’58 Strong Wall Anchors: Braces your foundation walls so they do not slip or shift.
  • ’58 Strong Galvanized Helical Piers: Settlement can happen to your home, which can lead to a variety of other issues from your floor to your walls and even doors. We can provide your home with the support it needs with our ’58 Strong Galvanized Helical Piers.
  • ’58 Specialized Epoxy: Vertical wall cracks can be solved with an injection of our epoxy.
How To Fix Foundation Wall Cracks

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Each type of crack demands a different solution! ’58 Foundations has the quality products to address them all.

Backed by a lifetime warranty and money-back guarantee (please ask your Foundation Specialist for details), our honest methods will put you at ease. With over 64 years of experience in the industry, we’re confident in our quality products and honest methods!

Whenever you come across a crack in your foundation, don’t hesitate to give us a call for a free inspection and a detailed estimate—you won’t find another foundation expert like ’58 Foundations!

What to Expect from ’58 Foundations

  1. Conversation and collaboration. To understand your goals, we ask a lot of questions…and we listen! That way we clearly understand the problem.
  2. Detailed inspection. Together, we walk around your home to perform a thorough inspection. You point things out and we talk about the process.
  3. A healthy solution. Your Foundation Specialist will provide a written recommendation that meets your goals. Cost included.
  4. Five-Star Installation. The ’58 Crew will be there on time and communicate throughout the process. No surprises!
  1. Money-Back* Confidence. Combined with the industry’s Strongest Warranties you can rest assured that your system will protect your home for the length of the warranty — a lifetime!

*That’s right, if we can’t fix it, we’ll return your money. Ask your Foundation Specialist for details. Working together to deliver a five-star experience

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