Over time, concrete may start showing cracks for different reasons. Knowing what types of cracks you see in your home will help determine what type of foundation repair service you might need to remedy the issue. Here are some notes from Dura Pier Foundation Repair that can help you identify some of the more common types of foundation cracks.
The most common and least threatening cracks are called random cracks. They are quite thin and may grow in various directions. They are also referred to as shrinkage cracks because they are usually formed due to concrete shrinkage. Shrinkage occurs when excess water dissipates as concrete hardens, leaving behind a cracked surface. Random cracks do not require major repair efforts; however, they need to still be monitored and fixed as they may provide entry points for water to seep into the rest of your foundation.
A rather serious type of crack is one resulting from a frost heave. Extremely high levels of moisture in the soil will cause the soil to expand, putting enough pressure on your foundation to produce heaving cracks. When we spot these in your home, our team from Dura Pier Foundation Repair will recommend foundation repair as necessary to correct the uplift caused by the swelling in the soil.
Inadequate soil preparation during foundation construction may result in settlement cracks. Proper soil testing must be done to determine soil makeup which, in turn, affects how your foundation will be built and reinforced.
When you need help with your foundation, reach out to Dura Pier Foundation Repair. We are certified to repair all types of home foundations and are experts in performing various services, including cracked slab and pier and beam foundation repair. Call us at (281) 995-8895 and (713) 766-3440. Free and no-obligation inspections are available to homeowners in Sugar Land and Houston, TX.