Cracks can eventually happen around foundations, which occur for a lot of reasons such as excessive movement and fragile materials being used. If you've found a couple around your property, respond in these ways before it's too late.
Respond Quickly if Expansion Continues
Sometimes foundation cracks on residential properties are strictly superficial. They won't get any bigger and thus structural issues can be avoided. Then there are cracks that will continue to expand as time goes on. These are the cracks you want to have repaired as quickly as possible before major damage happens.
Cracks that continue to expand should be handled by a professional foundation repair company or contractor. Expansion generally means ground conditions aren't stable, so they need to be addressed before the crack is properly sealed up. This might involve adding braces or more concrete.
Keep Water Out
If you have some pretty large cracks around the foundation, there is a high possibility of water getting through. If this happened on a repeated basis, you can bet water damage will happen. That will make future foundation repairs more extensive and costly.
Until the foundation cracks are repaired correctly, you need a way to keep water from getting through the cracks. If your property currently doesn't have a gutter system, consider adding one. In addition to stopping water from getting around the foundation cracks that need to be repaired, you'll have an easier time diverting water from your property over the years.
Utilize Inspections if You're Unsure
You may not always know how severe or minor a crack is around the foundation. Instead of just assuming everything will be fine, your best move is to have the foundation crack analyzed by an inspector. Then you'll know for certain how severe or minor the crack is.
If the crack is minor and just a hairline crack, there are simple solutions you can do yourself. If this inspection shows major structural issues, then you'll know it's time to bring in a professional company that has access to technical equipment that can deliver a safe and long-term repair.
Foundation cracks can give you a scare, even if they really aren't that severe. If you understand what different types of cracks mean and respond in accordance with the right repair methods, you'll keep foundation cracks from really having a negative impact on homeownership over the years that you live in a property.
To learn more, contact a foundation repair contractor.