When should I be worried about cracks in foundation walls?
- Cracks that are wider than 1/10 inch.
- Cracks that are wider at one end.
- Cracks that are getting bigger over time.
- Stair step cracks in brickwork.
- Horizontal foundation cracks, with or without bowing.
- Several vertical cracks near each other.
- Big, diagonal cracks.
- Cracks that go across the ceiling and down a wall.
How common are cracks in foundation? Foundation cracks are one of the most common foundation problems. Bad soil, or soil that is too wet around the foundation, can cause the foundation to crack and lead to other foundation problems such as: Settlement: Downward movement of the foundation.
What happens if you have a crack in your foundation? Cracked foundations can lead to framing issues, roof issues, problems with doors and windows and even leaks in basement walls. Correction of foundation and structural problems can be very costly and occasionally foundation cracks will be a warning sign of other structural issues with a home.
Is it normal to have hairline cracks in foundation? Hairline cracks are common in new construction foundations across the country. They usually appear within one year and caused by the settling and drying of the new foundation. The good news is these cracks are usually cosmetic and can be repaired by DIY homeowners for ~$200 or professionals for $400-$600.