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Several Reasons Foundation is Cracking

1. Soil Pressure

When your yard has too much water in it after it rains (because of poor drainage), it causes the soil to expand.

This expansion puts pressure on your home’s foundation. OVer a short period of time, that expansion and pressure cause cracks. The cracks will begin on out outter walls (the part of the wall that is in the gound). Soon after, the cracking will begin inside as well.

Once the cracks start inside, they’ll soon be followed by flooding, dampness, mold growth and major structural damages.

2. Poor Drainage

This is a big factor. This is what leads to soil pressure in the first place. When it rains or snows a lot…or, if you are using your irrigation a lot, it can lead to your ground becoming saturated. Most homes are built on soil types that have really bad drainage.

The water sits in the ground, not draining, and causes soil expanision.

When you put in yard, driveway and basement drains, you can let the water get pulled out of your yard and keep the soil from getting bigger. This reuces the pressure on your foundation and keeps it from cracking.

3. Weak Foundation Walls

One of the biggest problems with foundations is that when some companies try to fix the cracks, they only fix the inside wall. And, usually this is ust putting some epoxy on the crack. The forces that are strong enough to crack your home’s foundation are a heck of a lot stronger than any epoxy!

The walls have to be waterproofed, pinned, and fixed on the inside and out. If not, the problem will simply return over and over again. If the outside of your foundaion is fixed and waterproofed, it will be strong and can repel excess water. Plus, the process allows for better drainage which reduces the soil pressure.