Home Girls: Foundation Cracks

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Home Girl Linda Reinke Williford reports that she has been running into this problem all summer and sends this home maintenance tip for readers.

Foundation Cracks
Most houses have cracks of some kind, however a hairline fracture in the slab is normally of no structural significance, however cracking in the foundation wall is more important. 

While a stair-step crack is less important than a vertical crack either one with an opening of 1/8" to 1/4" may be cause for concern, of course smaller cracks may also be a concern depending on the circumstances.

The key to load-bearing wall cracks is to ensure that there is no further movement. To do this you should fill in the crack and then over a period of 6 to 12 months check for reappearances or separation between the filling and the wall. 

If there's is additional movement then it would be advised that you call a specialist. It may be anything from a simple matter regarding the property or something as expensive as underpinning the foundation. 

Remember, cracks frequently appear around windows and door frames which are places of inherent weakness.

Linda can be contacted by phone 206-339-3349 or via the Keller Williams webpage


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