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Foundation Cracks

What You Need to Know

Advanced Building Inspections Explores a Common Problem

Are you thinking of buying a home? Or are you a seller that is looking to find problem areas before a home inspector does?

No matter what your current situation is, you may be in the position of needing to know the condition of your house. We always recommend a home inspection coducted by a certified professional , but if you are curious about potentials hazards in your home and are not quite ready to book your appointment with a quality home inpection company, there are some area that you will want to explore.

Foundation Cracks

What Can Be Done About Cracks in Your Concrete Foundation?

Unlike cracks in concrete patios or drives, abnormalities in vertical concrete--the retaining wall or foundation---need to be taken seriously.

Of most concern would be bowing of the wall or cracking with uneven settling. If you have any evidence of this, you should consult a professional. You may have structural defects in the wall or serious soil problems that need to be addressed.

But even structurally sound walls on solid soil can develop cracks. You can expect minor settling over time; plus, concrete shrinks as it cures, causing cracking. As a rule, such cracks are usually vertical or diagonal, and usually are a little wider at the top, narrowing toward the bottom. If the crack is horizontal or is wider at the bottom, it could be caused by severe settling or structural problems and needs professional help.

Foundation Cracks

Is Water to Blame??

If moisture is coming through the cracks, you should address that issue quickly. Water can cause further erosion of the concrete, and can lead to dangerous mold or mildew in your home.

First, you want to direct water away from your house. All soil should slope away from the foundation--absolutely no exceptions. Downspouts should lead to underground four-inch, unperforated drainpipes that will deposit rainwater a good distance downhill from your foundation.

Mais Oui

If a moisture problem persists even though your soil is graded properly and your downspouts drained, you may have a groundwater problem and probably need to install a French drain.

A French drain is a simple construction, but very effective. A two- to three-foot trench is dug about three or four feet from the foundation on the highest two or three sides. Two to three inches of drain rock is put in the bottom of the trench. On top of that goes four-inch perforated plastic pipe (perforations down) and another layer of rock. The trench can be topped with soil. The pipe leads away from the house almost horizontally, surfacing naturally somewhere near the edge of your property.

Still Have Cracks?

The French drain should take care of your moisture problems, but you still have cracks to deal with. They can be filled by injection systems using either polyurethane or epoxy. There are many DIY injection kits on the market that a competent DIYer can use, or you can have a professional do it.

Remember, most foundation cracks are routine. You should be concerned about the cracks, but don't panic--usually, they can be repaired easily. And if not, you can call professionals who are ready to help.

Want more tips? Call Spencer Maxcy of Advanced Building Inspections. You can reach this qualifed inspector at (225) 268-8307. If Spencer can't solve your problem directly, he can refer you to the professional that can.
These are just a few of the Cities/Zipcodes in the state of Louisiana that Advanced Building Inspections serves: Zachary, Denham Springs, Port Allen, Brusly, Hammond, St. Gabriel, Clinton, St. Francisville, 70791, 70706, 70767, 70719, 70401, 70776, 70722, 70775. And these are just a few of the Parishes we serve: East Baton Rouge , Livingston , West Baton Rouge, Tangipahoa, Iberville, East Feliciana, and West Feliciana.

If you would like a home inspection or a commercial building inspection in Louisiana and did not find your location on this list give us a call at 225-268-8307 and we will do everything we can to take care of your commercial and/or home inspection needs. At Advanced Building Inspections we understand that affordable home inspections and reliable service are important to you and so we make ourselves available to meet your needs... even on the weekends.

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