Foundation Crack Repair South Dakota
Crack Alert! How to Prevent Further Damage
It may seem like all cracks are the same, but this is not true. All cracks are different, they have different causes and should be fixed and taken care of in different ways. Each one says something different about your home and its foundation. There are at least 12 different types of cracks, but this also depends on the type of home you have, whether it be a brick or concrete wall.
Here is a list of cracks and what they mean.
This crack may mean that your foundation walls are bowing. This is usually caused by moisture in the soil putting pressure onto your foundation walls.
This crack may mean that your home is starting to settle. Settling is caused by soil moving, leaving voids behind that cause your home to settle down into the voids left. Settling is one of the more common problems.
This crack may mean two different things, it could mean bowing walls or settlement. Either way, you should have a professional help you determine what this crack means.
This crack is basically the same as the last (number 3, vertical and horizontal) except that this is with a brick wall. As with the last, you should seek professional help to determine whether it means bowing or settlement.
This crack signals that you have bowing walls, but because this wall is brick, instead of concrete, it should be handled differently.
This crack shows that you may have settlement or heaving (an upward movement of your foundation). This a common crack in brick walls and may happen anywhere you have brick walls. Anywhere it happens in your home usually signifies settlement or heaving.
This also shows that you have settlement or heaving, this is just the concrete version of the stair-step crack. As with numbers 3 and 4, you should contact a professional to identify whether it be settlement or heaving, this crack as well as 6.
This is similar to crack number 7, except this crack just signals settlement. There are no signs of heaving.
9) Vertical (Wider at the top)
This crack means that you have side settlement. A settlement in which just one side of your foundation is starting to settle, the void is just under one side, causing it to sink.
This crack shows that you have differential settlement. This simply means that the foundation is not moving as a whole, the settlement is uneven causing the uneven cracks.
11) Vertical (Wider at Bottom)
This crack signals that you might have center settlement. This type of settlement means that the center of your foundation is sinking, but the outside is not. This means there is a void directly under the center of your foundation, causing cracks, and a sinking floor.
This crack is just another type of crack that may show that you have differential settlement. Just because you have one problem does not mean that all the cracks will look the same. This is just another crack that may show up.
Professional Foundation Crack Repair South Dakota
This is just a quick and simple guide to the many different types of cracks. If you need help identifying your specific wall or floor cracks and what they mean, give us a call. Identifying your cracks is the first step in having a safe and secure home. We offer solutions such as wall anchors to help with all your foundation crack repair needs in South Dakota. We promise that we will make your bad foundation failure experience a distant thought. We provide great service, quality products, and wonderful results. Call us today!