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At Frank's Basement Systems, we can inspect your foundation at no charge, providing you with a written solution that's warranted to stabilize your home's structure permanently.
In many cases, we may even be able to close the cracks, straighten doors and windows, and return your foundation to its original position.
You've noticed cracks in your foundation walls.
How to Fix It:
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.
If your walls are cracking due to foundation settlement issues, foundation piers may be your solution.
If your foundation walls are failing due to expansive soils, a wall anchor system may solve your problem.
We have warrantied solutions that fix foundation wall cracks! Call us for a free foundation repair quote today!
We serve Rochester, Niagara Falls, Buffalo, and many nearby areas in Western New York.
Foundation cracks vary in severity from a simple cosmetic issue to a major problem with your home. However, even serious foundation problems, when addressed early on, can be quickly and permanently fixed.
Cracks form in foundation walls for three main reasons:
As concrete cures, it is common for small cracks to appear in foundation walls. These cracks are very common, and they're not a sign of a major foundation problem.
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 span and maintain a consistent width for the length of the crack.
A Word Of Warning: Be careful not to assume that a crack in your foundation is merely a shrinkage crack! If you see cracks in your foundation walls, monitor them regularly. 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.
When the soil underneath your foundation fails to support the weight of your home, the foundation will begin to settle unevenly, and cracks will appear.
As vertical cracks form and the wall or corner of the house begins to rotate, you will typically see wider cracks at the top or bottom.
Foundation cracks that are caused by settlement are very serious, and they will only get worse over time as the home continues to move. If you are concerned that your foundation may be cracking due to settlement issues, it's best to consult a professional immediately.
More about foundation settlement.
If you have clay soils around your home, they can expand and contract significantly as they become wet.
Wet clay soils can expand enough to put thousands of pounds of pressure literally 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.
More about bowing, buckling walls.
Whether the problem is expansive soils or unstable soils underneath your foundation, there are effective solutions that can permanently repair your structure. At Frank's Basement Systems, we use the following methods to restore structural integrity to compromised foundations.
Foundation piers are an excellent way to stabilize and potentially lift a foundation that is resting on soils that cannot support the weight of the home.
Foundation piers are a permanent solution for homes that are settling, and they can be installed year-round.
Helical Piers are an excellent way to stabilize foundations when there is sufficient knowledge of local soil conditions. They are advanced into the soil underneath the foundation via a helical blade.
Many contractors will try to earn your business by suggesting a cheap solution that they know will not permanently solve your problem. Solutions that hide your issues, such as painting over drywall cracks or tuckpointing cracks in the brick are short-term solutions only. If the cause of the problem is not addressed, the cracks will soon reappear, and more covering up and patching will be needed.
Additionally, attempts to seal drywall or mortar cracks are easy to identify, due to variances in the finish or workmanship. When tuckpointing brick veneer, it's especially difficult to match the original mortar colors. And if you decide to properly repair your foundation later properly, these "patches" may need to be removed before the repair can properly restore your walls.
So in the end, you're not hiding anything! Plus, you have to disclose the problem anyways if you ever plan to sell the house.
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Do you have cracks on the drywall on the inside of your home but no cracks on the foundation wall?
Your problem may be a sagging crawl space, not a settlement of your foundation walls. Alternatively, your floor could be sinking or experiencing upheaval.
Several foundation problems can occur even when your foundation walls are not cracking.
Crawl spaces can sag when the support beams sink into the ground. They can also sink when mold and rot weaken 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.
More about sinking crawl spaces.
When the soils underneath slab floors settle or are washed away, the floor will begin to sag. Likewise, when the soil underneath a concrete floor expands, the slab will lift upwards.
Either way, the movement of concrete floors can lead to cracks along drywall and the floor itself.
More about concrete floors that sink or heave.
No matter what kinds of problems you're experiencing with your foundation walls, our in-house team of foundation experts is here to help. At Frank's Basement Systems, we repair foundations throughout Western New York 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! We serve Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Rochester, and surrounding areas such as Lockport, Tonawanda, Henrietta, Hamburg, Lancaster, Orchard Park, Penfield, and many areas nearby.