Types of Foundation Cracks and How to Fix Them.

August 14, 2019

 

The cracks in the foundation of your home come in a wide range of sizes and shapes. It is very common for foundation cracks to become visible within the first year of new construction, often side of the walls, and on floors, or near windows. Most of them are related to the foundation settling which is not a big concern but if the cracks become larger or the water seeps through them, call an expert from the Albany, NY, home inspection right away to fill out those cracks before the damage becomes worse.

 

Vertical Cracks

A vertical crack in the foundation is caused by settlement of the concrete in the foundation and it is very common in new constructions. These cracks are called shrinkage cracks because concrete shrinks while it cures. The vertical cracks can be found in the middle section of walls and usually run vertically or diagonally.

 

Horizontal Cracks

Horizontal cracks mean a serious problem because they are caused by hydro-static water pressure from the outside and can lead to foundation failure. Today, most of the foundation can easily handle the pressure of water but excessive pressure due to heavy rains can create horizontal cracks. It is important to contact the inspection experts of the Albany, NY, home inspection to repair the cracks right away.

 

Repairing Vertical Cracks

The vertical cracks can be repaired by using epoxy injection because hydraulic cement fails to bond with the original cement sometimes.

 

Repairing Horizontal Cracks

The horizontal cracks can also be repaired by using epoxy injection because they can weld the crack back together. The epoxy system restores the original strength and loading of the concrete, which make the concrete seem as good as new.

 

Contact the Albany, NY, home inspection for your foundation repair job as we have the repair solutions that you need to keep the foundation strong.

 

 

The Author Kevin Maxwell is the owner and operator of Maxwell Home Inspection Services, LLC. Kevin Maxwell is a certified Home Inspector located in Albany NY that has performed over 6000 Inspections.
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