Cracks in your foundation? Don’t panic. Read this and then call us for a free consultation

February 25, 2022

Lately, you’ve noticed some cracks in your home’s foundation and you are wondering if you need to be concerned. A large horizontal crack with any leaning or bowing walls should be a cause for immediate alarm and should be checked out by a foundation expert as soon as possible. With age, however, all homes get cracks in the foundation and many of them do not affect the structural integrity of your home. If you see any cracks in your foundation and just want to make sure everything is okay, just call us at Best Buy Waterproofing for a free foundation inspection.

To understand foundation cracks, it is important to know what causes them. Here are the six main causes:

  1. Soil that was not adequately compressed before construction. When this happens, the weight of your home will cause it to sink in this uncompressed soil, creating cracks in your foundation.
  2. Weather changes. When a home is built on expansive soil during the dry season, heavy rains can cause the soil to swell and create cracking.
  3. Insufficient drainage around the foundation. Water is the cause of most foundation cracks. Poor drainage around the foundation causes hydrostatic pressure to press against your home’s foundation walls, starting them to bow or crack.
  4. Soil decline happens when the soil at the top of the foundation makes its way down a hill and causes your foundation to shift sideways.
  5. Heavy excavation next to your foundation can cause foundation issues.
  6. Natural disasters like heavy rains and flooding can cause major foundation issues.

Now that you understand the causes of foundation issues, here is when you should worry and contact us:

  1. Cracks across a ceiling, down a wall or both.
  2. Significant diagonal cracks or close vertical cracks.
  3. Cracks that become larger over time or widen at the end.
  4. Stair step cracks in your brick work.
  5. Any horizontal cracking (regardless of bowing).

About the Author

Owner and founder Andrew A. Altman Sr. is an icon in the basement waterproofing industry. In a career that spans over 35 years, he has been interviewed by the news media and is considered by his peers as a leading industry expert. However, the most important matter to Mr. Altman, besides the effectiveness of his waterproofing system, is earning the trust of his customers.

About Best Buy Waterproofing

With over 35 years of experience in basement waterproofing, moisture control and structural repair, Best Buy Waterproofing founder, Andrew A. Altman Sr. is a top-rated industry veteran with a proven record of successful projects. In fact, the award winning, certified, professional staff at Best Buy Waterproofing, have a combined 70 years of experience in all aspects of the basement health industry. With A+ ratings from the BBB and Angi, and over 435 5-Star reviews from Google, Home Advisor, Yelp, and Facebook, Best Buy Waterproofing guarantees customer satisfaction.

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Basement Waterproofing, Basement Ventilation, Mold & Mildew Remediation, Structural Repair, Crawl Space Repair, Sump Pump Systems, Moisture Control, Wet Basement Repair, Roofing Installation and Replacement, Intelligent Power Battery Backup Systems, Sub-floor Pressure Relief Systems, Basement Exterior Excavation, Basement Finishing, Concrete Lifting, Foundation Repair, Basement Door & Egress Windows, and all Concrete Work, including Concrete Stamped Stoops, Walkways, Patios, Floors, Dry Wall & Stud Replacement and more.

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