While concrete damage in a foundation may be relatively minor due to the concrete’s curing process, any cracks wide enough to fit on the edge of a coin (about 1/16th of a thumb) be professionally inspected.
Cracks, Heaves, and Water
If you notice the concrete damage warning signs, you can fix the cracks before your foundation is seriously damaged. However, it is important to remember that this type of damage to the concrete surfaces of your property can also be a sign of trouble to come.
One of the most obvious signs that you have problems with subsidence or settlement of the foundation is the discovery of noticeable cracks in the walls of the foundation. If the house is concrete or brick, cracks or crevices will be noticeable in the walls, which are very easy to notice. After construction, small cracks form in the walls of most buildings due to natural settlement. If you have a concrete slab floor, you will notice long cracks that are many times the width of the floor.
Water entering from outside the foundation can put pressure on the foundation walls, causing them to collapse. Mold and mildew in the corners of windows and walls can also be the result of cracks and cracks in the foundation. Cracks that start at the top corners of doors and windows and extend to the ceiling can even be a sign of a floating foundation.
Even a small crack or leak can be a sign of a more serious foundation problem and will quickly increase coverage. If the crack is horizontal, stepped, or spreading rapidly, this may indicate the need to repair or replace the foundation. If you notice cracks in the steps, this could be a sign that moisture issues are stressing the foundation.
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Small concrete jobs can be done by yourself in most cases, but if you’d like help from a contractor, Almand Bros should be your one-stop destination. We have been delivering high-quality construction projects in New Jersey since 1985.
Our services include concrete and masonry installation and repair, custom stonework, basement waterproofing, grading and watershed, and snow removal services. You can call us at (856) 310-1390 to get a free estimate. You can also fill our online contact form to get in touch.