Wall cracks are typically a common indicator that something is wrong in your home. If they are found in your basement, they usually mean that there is a problem with your foundation, or you have sustained some type of water damage.
- Water damage
Wall cracks could be caused by water damage from the outside soil or leaky pipes. These cracks come in many forms, and some can be quite small. To repair these cracks, you will also need to determine the source of the water so that you can prevent it from entering your home.
Another indication that water damage may have occurred in your basement is warped paneling, rotting wood, peeling paint, or damp spots on the walls. These can occur in combination with the cracked walls.
If your foundation has settled, it can cause wall cracks. If the ground under your foundation cannot handle its load properly, then this settling will occur over time. Other things that can cause the foundation to settle include soil consolidation, increased moisture in the soil, poorly compacted soil, or soil that is weak. Some cracks can be large, but others may be hard to notice without a thorough inspection. They can be vertical, a combination of horizontal and vertical, or center converging.
If the soil rapidly expands or contracts, it can also cause wall cracks. This is due to the movement of the soil causing the foundation to shift or move very quickly. This is often seen if there is a fast freeze or thaw. These cracks can often appear vertical or look like stair steps.
- Bowed or leaning walls
If too much pressure is exerted from the outside onto the walls in the basement, it can cause the walls to lean or curve inward, which is called bowing. Major bowing can be clearly seen, but minor bowing may not be as obvious. However, a sign that bowing has occurred, or maybe beginning to form, is wall cracks in the basement.
These cracks typically look angled or horizontal. If this has occurred, you will want to have a professional look over your basement walls to determine the best solution.
Wall cracks can occur for many reasons, and some are issues that require repair sooner rather than later to prevent further damage. If you notice cracks in your walls, be sure to speak to a professional who can help you figure out what is going on.
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