Exterior Foundation Cracks

Outside foundation cracks are one of the most apparent signs of a foundation problem. If you notice exterior foundation cracks, it could be that your house is suffering from an unfortunate situation. Our Columbia professionals are prepared to inspect your home and provide a complimentary assessment for repairing the exterior cracks in your foundation.

Unsure how to tell if those cracks in your foundation are severe? We’ll help you figure out how to understand them.

Exterior Foundation Cracks
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What are the different types of exterior foundation cracks?

Horizontal cracks in your foundation can be the most dangerous because they mean that your foundation has suffered damage due to poor soil  or poor construction. Horizontal cracks run across your walls and possibly mean that your foundation walls are bowing. Chilly temperatures can also result in horizontal cracks if there is a lot of rain that freezes quickly. The water can cause the soil to swell and put extreme pressure on the foundation wall.

Vertical cracks can be just as serious as horizontal cracks and they can be a sign that your foundation is in need of  . Your foundation walls will sometimes suffer a few vertical cracks as the foundation settles and sinks after construction. A collection of vertical cracks on two adjacent walls might mean that your foundation needs immediate attention.

Diagonal cracks are sometimes higher on one side than the other and are most often caused when the foundation is sinking. Your foundation might be settling because of expansive soil that is shifting or making one side of the foundation sink lower than the other. Diagonal outside foundation cracks may also happen when your house sits on a slope and one side of your foundation is settling higher than the other.

How can you fix exterior foundation cracks?

There are a few different solutions for repairing exterior foundation cracks. It's vital to catch any cracks early and get a professional’s assessment as quickly as possible. CNT Foundations in Columbia knows how important it is for your house to have a solid foundation. Give our team a call at 803-667-4022 today to plan a complimentary assessment with our foundation professionals.