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Cracking Up: The Different Types of Foundation Woes

Welcome to the world of foundation woes, where concrete cracks and settling homes are the norm. Yes, it's a hilarious place to be, but also a little concerning if you're a homeowner. The good news is that not all cracks in your foundation are cause for alarm, but it's important to understand the different types and when to worry.

So, grab a cup of coffee, put on your inspector hat, and let's get cracking (pun intended).

Hairline cracks

Hairline cracks are the most common type of foundation crack and are usually nothing to worry about. These cracks are usually less than 1/16 of an inch wide and occur as a result of the concrete curing process. They're usually found in the mortar between the bricks or blocks of your foundation and do not pose a threat to the structural integrity of your home.

1. Horizontal cracks

Horizontal cracks are a sign of serious structural damage and can indicate that your foundation is shifting or collapsing. If you see these cracks, it's important to call a foundation expert immediately.

2. Vertical cracks

Vertical cracks can occur for a variety of reasons, including poor soil conditions or settling. They're usually not a cause for alarm, but it's still important to get them checked by a professional to ensure that they're not a symptom of a larger problem.

3. Stair-step cracks/Diagonal cracks

Stair-step cracks are a little more concerning as they indicate that the foundation has shifted or settled. These cracks are wider at one end and narrow at the other, forming a stair-step pattern. If you notice these cracks, it's time to call in a foundation expert to assess the damage.

Diagonal cracks can be a sign of serious structural damage and indicate that the foundation is settling unevenly. If you see these cracks, don't wait, call a foundation expert immediately.

4. Shear Cracks

Shear cracks are another type of foundation crack that homeowners should be aware of. These cracks are typically wider at the top and narrower at the bottom and can indicate that your foundation is experiencing excessive stress. Shear cracks can be caused by a variety of factors, including soil movement, settling, and earthquakes.

5. Basement floor cracks

Basement floor cracks are a common problem for many homeowners. They can be caused by various factors, such as soil settling, temperature changes, and water damage. While some cracks may appear harmless, they can lead to serious structural issues if left unaddressed.

To determine the severity of the crack, you should look at its width and length. If the crack is wider than ¼ inch or runs vertically from the floor to the ceiling, it may be a sign of a more serious issue and should be evaluated by a professional.

In conclusion, crack

s in your foundation can be a source of stress, but it's important to understand the different types and when to worry. Hairline cracks are usually nothing to be concerned about, while horizontal cracks can indicate serious structural damage. So, if you're cracking up over cracks in your foundation, remember that knowledge is power, and it's always better to be safe than sorry.

At Bam Home Inspections, we understand the importance of having a secure and stable home. That's why a comprehensive foundation inspection is part of every home inspection. Our experienced Certified Professional Inspectors will thoroughly inspect your foundation and provide you with an accurate assessment of any cracks or issues. Don't let foundation woes keep you up at night, contact Bam Home Inspections today for a stress-free inspection experience.

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