No homeowner ever wants to find out they have cracks in their foundation.
Although foundation cracks may seem harmless at first, they can cause severe damage if left untreated. Cracks can allow water to seep into your home which, if the cracks grow or expand, can jeopardize the structural integrity of a house.
Foundation cracks can be caused by many things, but moisture is one of the most common factors in their inception. Water evaporating from the concrete will commonly cause cracks within the first month after the foundation is laid. Moisture in the foundation can also make it susceptible to damage.
The movement of the foundation can cause it to crack as well. For example an earthquake can easily crack the foundation of a house. The pressure of soil, which can be caused by soil shrinkage, is also a leading cause of foundation crack formations.
Thankfully not all foundation cracks jeopardize the structural integrity of a home. Some will result in leaks in your house during the melting of snow or severe rain. However water seeping into your home can cause rot, damage to walls, the accumulation of mold and mildew (which can lead to health problems), and can eventually worsen the integrity of your foundation.
If you believe you have cracks in your foundation then the best thing you can do for them is get the repaired by a professional as soon as possible. Renco Home Improvements offers dependable repair services for cracked foundations. Give us a call at (613)859-2228 to find out how we can help today.