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Vertical Cracks in Walls? Foundation Repair Specialists Can Help

An example of vertical cracks in walls.
“Crack” by Inomshog shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

Plaster, drywall, or concrete are typical wall building materials. Regardless, your home is always susceptible to vertical cracks in walls. Old homes have a higher chance of developing wall cracks, but there is no reason to think that newly built properties will not suffer from similar problems.

How Do Vertical Cracks In Walls Form?

Walls cracks form when the soil under the house settles over time. Different construction materials contract and expand differently. Therefore cracks will appear differently for different materials. There can be many reasons for these cracks to develop, such as soil movement, changing humidity levels, and shallow foundations. According to experts, vertical cracks in walls are natural, but that does not mean you should overlook them. Inspection of newly formed cracks is essential, as well as getting them treated quickly. There are two types of cracks that are concerning for homeowners: horizontal and vertical cracks.

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Cracks in the wall itself are a sign of underlying problems. Once you identify cracks, it is vital to get them treated before they get worse. Horizontal cracks often result from soil pressure, while vertical cracks often are the result of foundation settling. Foundation issues tend to cause vertical cracks. Treat vertical cracks in walls before they turn into something severe and result in permanent structural damage.

Horizontal cracks tend to move from one wall to another connecting wall. Cracks compromise a large area of support for the foundation. Horizontal cracks develop from hydrostatic pressure as well. Both cracks indicate unlying problems, and there should be no delay in repairing them.

How Can You Treat Vertical Cracks In Walls?

There are some temporary DIY fixes for treating vertical cracks in walls. Experts in handling horizontal and vertical cracks suggest a more permanent solution. Specialists locate a way for the potential source of moisture to drain to the outside of the basement. Experts may install a dry well, or a drainage system and use a durable urethane is used to seal cracks. This sealant expands at least 20 times its actual volume and is perfect for both dry and wet concrete surfaces. Experts use foam strips to layer the cracks, to take care of any remaining moisture. If you are in the St. Louis area, our Kent Foundation Repair team can help you with any waterproofing needs.

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Cracks are threatening to the durability and strength of the property. Ensure that you permanently seal and fix vertical cracks in walls. Contact a Kent Foundation Repair expert today for foundation leveling and basement wall repair.

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