Nobody wants to see cracks of any kind in their foundation. But vertical foundation cracks and horizontal foundation cracks can indicate very different issues, so if you’ve got cracks in your foundation, you should know a bit about the difference between the two.
In this blog from Advanced Foundation Repair, we’ll explain how vertical foundation cracks and horizontal foundation cracks are different, and why it matters. Read on and get all the details.
Typically, vertical cracks form when the foundation “settles.” Settling is the process by which a home naturally sinks a bit further into the ground over time. It’s normal, but only a certain amount of settling should occur.
As the home settles, this stresses the foundation, which responds by cracking vertically, since this is the axis upon which gravity is pushing the foundation of the home. Very minor vertical foundation cracks are not a big deal, and can easily be repaired successfully.
However, as the house continues to settle, the cracks can get worse over time without proper intervention, leading to serious problems and permanent damage. If you notice vertical foundation cracks in your home, get a consultation with Advanced Foundation Repair right away.
Horizontal Cracks In Foundations
Usually, horizontal foundation cracks are caused by soil pressure building up against your foundation. Unlike settling, this pressure “squeezes” and stresses the foundation on the horizontal axis, resulting in a horizontal or near-horizontal crack.
Soil pressure buildup is often caused by inadequate drainage, such as an improper grade near your home, large surface depressions that carry water buildup, clogged or broken gutters and downspouts, water runoff from neighbors, and even some types of landscaping and tree roots.
The type of soil where you live also affects the risk of horizontal cracks in foundations. Clay-based soils, which are found in many parts of Texas, can expand dramatically when soaked with water, putting immense pressure on your foundation.
To resolve the issue, the cracks should be identified and repaired. But that’s only a “stopgap” solution. To prevent further horizontal foundation cracks and damage, you also need to identify the cause of soil pressure buildup, such as improper drainage, and resolve it.
Got Foundation Problems In Texas? Contact Advanced Foundation Repair!
At Advanced Foundation Repair, we can help you get to the bottom of foundation issues in Texas, repair your foundation, and prevent the cracks from coming back. We’re your #1, trusted foundation experts.
We operate all throughout the state, too, with services in Dallas, Fort Worth, Amarillo, Austin/San Antonio, and Corpus Christi. So don’t wait. Contact us online or give Advanced Foundation Repair a call at 800-405-8880. We offer free inspections (a $300 value) and are always standing by to help with both vertical foundation cracks and horizontal foundation cracks.