Detecting Structural Foundation Problems in Maryland
Early detection of foundation structural problems is key in order to prevent further damage.
Some common signs that may indicate a problem include: cracks in walls, floors, and ceilings; doors or windows that don’t open properly; gaps around doors or windows; crumbling mortar between brick or stone blocks; standing water near the foundation; cracking in the concrete slab; buckling walls; and shifting of interior walls.
If any of these symptoms are present, it’s important to have a professional inspect your home immediately and advise you on the best course of action.
Understanding Foundation Cracks and When to Call a Pro
Is your home showing signs of potential foundation issues? Keep an eye out for specific crack patterns that could indicate the need for professional intervention. Horizontal cracks in concrete walls or stairstep patterns on block walls, with or without bowing or leaning walls, should be inspected by an expert promptly. Similarly, vertical cracks wider than hairline-width or V-shaped formations warrant immediate attention from a foundation repair specialist. Such indications may point towards serious structural damage, requiring swift crack repair solutions for your peace of mind.
What’s The Size?
A hairline crack on your basement wall may simply be due to the natural curing process of concrete – no need to fret! However, for wider, V-shaped or water-permitting cracks, enlist a professional to evaluate and monitor any potential structural threats.
Trust Maryland Mold & Waterproofing’s exceptional and cost-effective repair options for both structural and leaky cracks.
What Causes Horizontal Cracks?
Horizontal cracks in basement walls can be a sign of structural problems, and should not be ignored. These types of cracks typically appear along the length of the wall, as opposed to vertical ones which run from the floor to the ceiling.
The cause of horizontal cracking is usually due to hydrostatic pressure or expansive soils, both of which place excessive force on the wall that it can’t withstand.
Maryland Mold & Waterproofing offers different options to repair horizontal cracks including epoxy injection, steel reinforcements, carbon fiber wraps, and foundation piles. In any case, it’s important to have a professional inspect your home before any repairs are undertaken in order to ensure that all potential causes are addressed.
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Maryland Mold & Waterproofing offers a variety of services from waterproofing to foundation repairs. We offer the following services in your area, basement waterproofing, crawl space encapsulation, sump pump installation and service, basement crack repair, vapor barriers and moisture control.