Cracks appearing in your home is a call to action on why you need to act fast. A cracked foundation is a time bomb which will explode without the knowledge of anyone and may lead to several casualties when it eventually occurs. Although these cracks build up over time and keep getting worse until it deals the final blow on the building, they can be remedied when noticed on time.
Sources of cracks in your foundation can be linked to several factors which have been summarized into three broad headings.
- Environmental factors
- Factors relating to the soil
- Anthropogenic factors
Just as the name implies, these are factors relating to the weather condition of a place. These factors include forces such as snowmelt, drought, hurricane, evaporation, and earthquake. These factors lead to the expansion of the foundation when thus, making it crack.
Factors relating to the soil
This includes factors which are capable of altering the soil structure leading to consolidation, expansion or heaving. This is linked to the environmental factors and results when the soil is either too wet or too dry. This factor largely depends on the type of soil your foundation is built on. Clay soils, for instance, have been linked to expansion when dry and consolidation when too wet.
This includes human-induced factors such as plumbing leaks, shoddy construction, inadequate soil preparation, poor drainage and creating a foundation on a tree root. Of all the factors listed above, this is one of the most prevalent causes of cracks in foundation because it paves the way for the other factors to come into play. A poorly constructed foundation will undoubtedly allow water to settle in between leading to expansion of the foundation. Plumbing leaks can lead to a change in the soil structure while constructing a foundation on a tree root can lead to the formation of cracks. Before any foundation is carried out, there is a need for the soil to be adequately inspected and prepared by excavating it for traces of tree roots and other factors which may make the foundation vulnerable.
How to avoid cracks in your Foundation….
Understand that of all the factors listed above, only those relating to man can be controlled as they serve as a gateway for the other factors to come into play. You can do the following to avoid cracks in your foundation.
- Adequate soil inspection
- Make sure the soil is adequately prepared before laying up your foundation. At Metroplex foundation repairs, we believe your foundations require the best care before you can go on with your building. The soil is inspected for any defaults and plant roots to avoid a crack in the future.
- Do not lay your foundation on plant roots
- It is not advisable to lay your foundation on plant roots since they can grow into the foundation to cause cracks. Make sure the soil is excavated for any signs of tree roots before laying the foundation.
- Make sure all plumbing works are properly done
- A poorly done plumbing work can lead to the appearance of cracks in your foundation as too much flooding can change the structure of your soil.
Cracks in appearing in your foundation can be repaired if detected early enough. Please Contact Us for more details on how we can be of assistance to you.