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Foundation Cracks Growing During Dog Days of Summer

Foundation Cracks Growing During Dog Days of Summer

Learn about foundation cracks and how hot summer days do not help.

By Frederick Marshall

(United States, Dallas, TX)

July 25, 2012

It’s the dog days of summer and Texans already know what the data supports.  According to Weather.com, August is Texas’ hottest and driest month. The ground starts to crack and then homeowners start noticing additional foundation cracks in foundations. “Home owners don’t panic. Some foundation cracks are normal” says Fred Marshall, owner of Advanced Foundation Repair, a Texas foundation repair company. New Slab FoundationNormal Foundation Cracks - Shrinkage Cracking

Foundations often have cracks, even new foundations. These 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. Exterior Foundation CracksFoundation cracking inside

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. This may be a sign of foundation problems. It may be time for foundation repairs.

Foundation Cracks that could be foundation repair problem signsDuring foundation repairs, when foundations are lifted, cracks do not always close. Unlike fitting a cracked plate back together, the foundation will often not close. Foundation cracks can be 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.

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. The polyethylene plastic sheeting works as a vapor barrier under the foundation.  The barrier also keeps bugs out.

For homes built without Visqueen, built prior to 1950, or for homeowners who would like to fill the cracks, there are several foundation crack filling options. Home Depot and eHow.com have DIY articles on how fill foundation cracks. Cement crack filler products can be found at any local hardware store.

Advanced Foundation Repair offers home repairs from the foundation up including foundation repair, plumbing and general construction services. Advanced Foundation Repair has specialized in foundation repair needs of Texas homeowners for over 100 years. Advanced Foundation Repair specialists’ reputations for prompt and honest service assure customers reliable service. Find additional home owner tips and DIY white papers at http://www.foundationrepairs.com.

Frederick Marshall is the CEO of Advanced Foundation Repair, LLC, a foundation repair company specializing in home repairs from the foundation up including foundation repair, foundation drainage, exterior foundation waterproofing, foundation irrigation, and plumbing services. Advanced Foundation Repair has specialized in foundation repair needs of Texas homeowners for over 100 years. Connect with him on Google+.

 

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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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