Foundation Cracks in Your Less Than 50-Year-Old Home?

Thursday, June 20th, 2019 by Ben Bates


You’re not alone! Cracks happen! The most important action is to identify the type of crack to determine if it’s problematic. (However, a misdiagnosis could be a costly mistake, so feel free to reach out to us anytime to arrange for a complimentary inspection: 1-866-277-1277)  

In “newer” homes, generally there are two types of cracks, with two different causes:

Cracks caused by shrinking in concrete1. Shrinkage cracks – These are generally small cracks caused as a result of the natural curing process of concrete. They are usually quite fine and run vertically on a foundation. These shrinkage cracks are seen most often around basement windows and doors but are also found elsewhere in foundation walls, particularly over material embedded in the concrete, such as rebar.

Although fairly harmless, these cracks make it much easier for water to enter a home, so applying a sealant, such as our FlexiSpan® Foundation Crack Repair System is an affordable and permanent option.

Step cracks foundation help London Windsor Sarnia2. Cracks caused by ground movement – These cracks can vary in size but may grow substantially over time and are the result of movement in the ground around your newer home as a result of the expansion or contraction of the soil around your home – particularly when a newer home “settles” into the once-excavated ground. Erosion may also cause ground movement and cracks as well.

Cracks caused by ground movement can be in any direction, but the most serious run in a “step” fashion or are horizontal. These cracks need immediate attention as they may result in foundation failure. If you’re noticing symptoms in your under 50-year-old home, such as:

  • Sloping floors

  • Gaps appearing between walls and ceilings and floors and walls

  • Sticking or difficult to open doors or windows

  • Cracks in drywall

  • Cracks in your home’s bricks or chimneys

These foundation cracks may be the cause, and your home may require structural repair.

The best advice we can offer is to have your foundation cracks inspected by an experienced and trusted contractor to determine the severity – and as soon as possible. Delaying repair may result in costly restoration!

When it comes to identifying and fixing your foundation cracks, there’s no time like now to get started, and we make the process easy. Simply give us a call to arrange for a complimentary inspection. If at that time we determine that a repair is recommended, we’ll offer you a no-obligation quote, detailing the work that needs to be performed and why it’s important to have done. We’re proud to service all of southwestern Ontario. Please reach out to us: 1-866-277-1277  or click here to submit your information to us online.

About the author
Ben Bates lives in the Chatham-Kent area and has been involved in the basement, crawl space and foundation industry since 2008. He has a passion for improving homes the right way and knows what it takes to waterproof, encapsulate or stabilize homes in Ontario. He assists with over 900 projects per year.

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