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When are Foundation Cracks Normal Video

When are Foundation Cracks Normal or Signs of Foundation Problems?

Learn to answer the question – when are foundation cracks normal or when foundation cracking is a sign of foundation problems. Foundations often have cracks. Telling meaningful cracks from inconsequential cracks is important.


  • Hi I’m Fred Marshall from Foundation Repair.
  • I’m here to talk about foundation cracks and what they mean for you and your foundation.
  • Foundations often have cracks.
  • Telling meaningful cracks from inconsequential cracks is important.
  • Even new concrete foundations have some cracks.
  • The cracks are often caused by the hardening or curing process.
  • As concrete cures, the concrete shrinks.
  • Such cracks in newly formed slabs are called shrinkage cracks.
  • Most shrinkage cracks are the inconsequential variety usually left are a 16th of an inch wide.
  • Other cracks are caused by foundation movement.
  • Foundations can bend but just a bit but not much.
  • Excessive bending causes cracks.
  • Cracks will often show up on the exterior and interior of a foundation.
  • Cracks that are more than an 8th of an inch wide usually mean that the foundation has been bent.
  • Because most foundations have steel in them, cracks will open and close but the two sides will stay at the same level.
  • If the sides of the cracks are at different levels, like this, this suggests that, but does not guarantee that, there is a lack of reinforcing steel.
  • When foundations are lifted, cracks do not always close.
  • Cracks are often held open by pebbles or pieces of concrete.
  • In other cases the sides may have shifted just enough to prevent the crack from lining up perfectly so it will not close.
  • There is usually no need to fill cracks after a foundation has been lifted because most homes have a sheet of plastic under them often of a material such as Visqueen.
  • If you have foundation and think that you are having foundation problems, call the experts at Advanced Foundation Repair, 214-333-0003.

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Christopher Lorenzo
Christopher Lorenzo
19:36 06 Sep 17
I have had multiple good experiences with Advance Foundation Repair. They stand by their work and kept me informed at all times on the repairs. Post work service was good too. I am very satisfied with their workread more
Ruth Schuman
Ruth Schuman
19:56 05 Sep 17
Workers were very professional and hard working. They dug up around the house and put plants back to look nice. This company also has a trust to forever be able to redo warranted work.read more
Gwen Baumann
Gwen Baumann
02:30 11 Aug 17
I can't too highly recommend this company. I had work done of my foundation by another company several years ago. That work did not resolve the problem, and that company did not fix. Advanced was recommended to me by mother, who said they were the best in the business. I agree! They were polite, professional, charged reasonable prices, and did excellent work. They also have a strong guarantee that is backed by a trust. I can't imagine why you'd use any other company.read more
Linda Krizka
Linda Krizka
19:44 10 Jul 17
Advanced Foundation repair is the only way to go! The engineer, Eric was kind, helpful and informative! The crew under Haynard's watch was unbelievably considerate. The crew was in and out of our house for 5 days. Everyone of them were happy even in the 90 degree weather. They work hard and were very polite. If you saw my house now you would never even know they were here. They cleaned up every night and on the last day it looked like new! Very thankful to have been able to work with them.read more
Michael Francis
Michael Francis
00:48 29 Apr 17
Advanced recently performed our foundation repair and did a fantastic job! The job took four days and throughout the process, the workers were on time each day, were kind and courteous. They left our house clean each day and took great care in making my wife and newborn comfortable during the repair. They came back out to make adjustments, as was expected, and I am more than pleased with the results. Thanks to Juan Martinez, Miguel Mata and Ernesto Alvarato for doing everything I requested. I highly recommend Advanced Foundation Repair, they know what they are doing.read more
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