Foundation Wall Cracks Repair in Mississippi
The Cause Of Your Foundation Wall Cracks And How To Repair Them
You've noticed cracks in your foundation walls around your structure. Some of the signs include:
- Horizontal Or Vertical Wall Cracks
- Stair-Step Or Diagonal Cracking
- Pushing In At The Bottom Of The Wall
- Bulging, Buckling Foundation Walls
- Sliding In At The Top Of The Wall
Solutions For Foundation Wall Cracks
Foundation wall cracks have several different causes, and each has its own unique solution. Concrete walls may experience small cracks as they cure. These are normal and may be no cause for alarm.
The good news is we can inspect your foundation at no charge, providing you with a written solution that's warrantied to stabilize your home's structure.
Different Types Of Foundation Wall Cracks
Foundation cracks vary in severity from a simple small cosmetic issues to a major structural problem with your home. When addressed early on, foundation problems can be quickly fixed.
Cracks form in foundation walls for several reasons:
As concrete cures, can shrink and it is common for small cracks to appear in foundation walls. These cracks are very common in Mississippi foundations, and they're not a sign of a major problem. These minor issues or shrinkage cracks tend to be very small hairline cracks that are usually 1/16" wide or less. They generally occur near the center of a wall and are the small width from one end to the other.
However be careful not to assume that a crack in your foundation is only shrinkage! If you see cracks in your foundation walls, monitor them regularly by measuring them and recording over time the width or movement. If the cracks widen enough that you can fit a dime in them, or one end of the crack grows wider than the other, you should consult a foundation contractor right away because your foundation is moving. It won’t get better over time.
Your foundation may begin to settle (sink) once the soil under your home starts to give way or heave up no longer supporting the foundation. This uneven settlement will break the foundation over time and cracks will appear. If you find one crack – look for at least one more. Usually these hinge points will indicate the affected area.
If you see vertical cracks form and the wall or corner of the house begins to rotate, you will typically see cracks that are wider at the top or bottom.
Foundation cracks that are caused by settlement are very serious, and they will only get worse over time. Repairing your foundation early could save much more in other home repairs. Often times there are preventative measures that could be taken to ensure other parts of the structure don’t suffer a similiar issue.
If you have clay soils around your home, they can expand and contract significantly as they become wet.
Water can move horizontally and vertically through the soils under your foundation in a similar manner as a simple sponge. As clay soils draw water to themselves, they swell and heave causing your foundation to move. Drying the soils outside or under your foundation reverses the process and the moist soils will shrink as soil moisture moves out from under your foundation, causing the foundation to settle. Shrinking and swelling soil motions can lead to damaging your foundation and structure.
Wet clay soils can expand enough to put literally thousands of pounds of pressure on a foundation wall. This can force the walls inwards, sometimes causing them to buckle and crack. Look also for walls pushing in at the bottom or tilting in at the top.
If left unrepaired, this kind of damage can worsen until the wall fails completely or is beyond repair. By addressing the problem of failing walls quickly, repairs can be completed in as little as a day.
Repairing Foundation Wall Cracks
Whether the problem is expansive soils or unstable soils underneath your foundation, there are effective solutions that can repair your structure. At our company, we use the following methods to restore structural integrity to compromised foundations.
Foundation Pier Systems
Foundation piers are a proven method to stabilize and lift a foundation that is resting on soils that cannot support the weight of the home.
Foundation piers are patented permanent solutions for homes and commercial buildings that are settling, and they can be installed year-round.
Push Piers or pilings are installed well below the depths of problem soil to stabilize foundations by transferring the weight of the home deep below the foundation, reaching to bedrock or competent or load-bearing strata.
Helical Piers are an excellent way to stabilize foundations when there is sufficient knowledge of local soil conditions. They are advanced into the soils underneath the foundation via a helical blade hydraulically.
Wall Anchor Systems
Wall anchor systems are ideal for stabilizing and straightening foundation walls that are buckling or bowing inward due to pressure from expansive soils.
Wall Anchors use the soils beyond the foundation walls to exert counterpressure on failing foundation walls. This holds the walls in place in the short term, and it allows your contractor to attempt to straighten the walls back to their original position over time.
This solution requires access to the soils beyond your foundation walls. If exterior access is limited or not possible, we recommend installing the PowerBrace™ Wall Repair System as an effective solution.
Could My House Have Settled If My Foundation Walls Aren't Cracked?
There could be several issues that can happen even if the foundation walls aren’t cracked or broken.
If there are cracks on the sheetrock inside of your home but no visible cracks on the foundation, your problem may be a sagging crawl space, and not settlement of your foundation walls. Your floor could also be sinking down or experiencing upheaval.
Sagging Crawl Spaces
Crawl spaces can sag when the support beams sink into the ground or when rot has weakened floor joists and girders. As crawl spaces sag, the floor above will also sink. As the floor sinks, it can pull on the partition walls attached to it, leading to drywall cracks.
Heaving Or Sinking Slab Floors
When the soils underneath slab floors settle or are washed away, the floor itself will begin to sag. Likewise, when the soils underneath a concrete floor expand, the slab will begin to lift upwards. Either way, the movement of concrete floors can lead to cracks along drywall and the floor itself.
We Do Foundation Wall Crack Repair In Mississippi
No matter what kinds of problems you're experiencing with your foundation walls, our in-house team of foundation experts is here to help. We repair foundations throughout Mississippi every day,
We'd like to offer you a free, no obligation foundation wall repair quote to help you decide what repair solution is best for your home. Each of our free quotes comes at no obligation and includes an on-site inspection, a personal consultation, and a written estimate.
To schedule your free quote, call or e-mail us today!