Foundation Cracks; What They Mean

If you find cracks in your foundation, quick repair can be one of the most effective ways of preventing long-term damage from repeated water intrusion. What most people don’t realize is that very thin, hairline cracks are very common and can happen regardless of the age of your foundation.

All cracks begin as hairline cracks. How quickly these hairline cracks become large cracks depends on a variety of factors, including soil type, exterior water pressure, and the integrity of the foundation itself. If left unattended, these small cracks will develop into more significant problems.

If your foundation cracks are small, it’s possible that you haven’t really noticed any water coming through. Instead, you may have noticed a white chalky substance known as efflorescence. Efflorescence is a mineral deposit that is left behind by moisture as it evaporates. The bottom line once you see this white substance, you can rest assured that water is beginning to find its way into your foundation. Left untreated, the problem will only get worse over time.

On the other hand, if the cracks in your foundation have spread and you’re seeing water in your basement, you should consider getting an estimate to identify the most appropriate course of action to prevent water from entering your home. Everdry Pittsburgh offers free inspections and estimates with explanations on the process and systems.