This is a commonly asked question by homeowners who may be concerned that their crack is more than ‘just a crack’.
Adding to the confusion could be the quantity of varying ‘solutions’ homeowners receive from foundation repair contractors.
And while most foundation wall cracks pose no threat to the structural integrity of a foundation, there are definitely foundation problems that warrant extensive, structural repairs.
The Crack Wizard has twenty-plus years experience in assessing structural symptoms, and can quickly and accurately recommend a means of repair to solve your foundation related problem.
But for homeowners who want to know what they can do themselves, here are a few quick and easy tips that can help ease concerns about whether your foundation problem is minor or more involved:
One. Are your doors and windows closing properly? Regardless of what you’ve read or what you’ve been told, your foundation is probably in adequate shape if you can close your doors and windows without noticing gaps or ‘sticking’. Two. If you have foundation wall cracks, rub your hand over the crack(s) to feel for any significant displacement. Meaning, is one side of the foundation crack higher or lower than the other? Typically, cracks that don’t have noticeable displacement can usually be pressure injected, and may not require structural repairs. Three. Do you notice any cracking on the exterior of your foundation? Homeowners with brick exteriors should not be alarmed by ‘stairstep pattern’ cracks through the mortar joints. However, if homeowners notice vertical cracks through the actual bricks themselves, that could be a symptom that requires structural attention.
If you do notice symptoms that could be indicative of structural issues, consider contacting a Structural Engineer to objectively evaluate your foundation BEFORE getting bids.
The Crack Wizard says, “For A Crack In Your Wall, Give The Wizard A Call”. Call (888) CRACK-WIZARD (1-888-272-2594) or www.thecrackwizard.com.