4 Causes of Foundation Cracks

4 Causes of Foundation Cracks

Did you recently purchase a home? Considering buying a fixer-upper? When looking into committing to a home for the long-term, you are going to want to ensure it is working condition; especially if you plan on living in it immediately. Does the roof leak? Is it heated and cooled? And most importantly, how is the foundation? Most home owners live in fear of foundation cracks, knowing these can be incredibly costly to repair. Included here are a few causes of foundation cracks and how to avoid them in your new home.

Hot Weather

You may be surprised to know that cracks in your foundation can be caused by good old warm summer weather. In areas that have heavily clayed soil and get high temperatures, house foundations are at risk.

During the heat, clay soil contracts and pulls away from the foundation, causing gaps. These gaps allow the foundation to sink, settle and move over time, which can cause irreversible damage. If you live in an area with high heat, it can be advisable to have your foundation inspected regularly to prevent damaging cracks.

Water Leaks

Nobody wants to know they have a water leak in or around their home, but leaks must be dealt with immediately. If your water or sewer line is leaking it can run under the slab of your home, causing the foundation to shift and crack. Be aware of any bubbling up of water around your home or any hot spots on the floors.

Tree Roots

As much as you love those beautiful trees, they can be deadly to your water lines and foundation. Trees are constantly sending their roots out for moisture, which they may find seeping out of your foundation. Roots that permeate cracks in your foundation can rip walls apart over time and compromise the integrity of your structure.

Another consideration with trees is their ability to pull up the foundation. Have you ever seen a root pushing up the sidewalk? If you plant trees too close to your home, the same thing can happen to your foundation. Be cautious of planting trees close to the building and be watchful to fix any foundation cracks as soon as they appear.

Improper Soil Compaction

You may hate to hear that your house was improperly constructed, but in some instances this is just the case. Some hastily built housing developments lack finesse and integrity in their structures, starting with the foundation.

When building a home it is critical the contractor spends time compacting the ground underneath your foundation. If those soils are not properly compacted, your foundation will move and settle, causing cracks and fractures that will be costly to replace. Have your foundation inspected before buying to ensure it is on stable ground.

Espana Gomez is an author of this blog. Recently she works as an interior design assistant in her town. She loves daydreaming about beautiful homes and interior decor.