Have you noticed concrete cracks in your basement floor, garage or next to your home? Those cracks could be a sign that you have a foundation problem.
Why Concrete Cracks
There are three main reasons why concrete cracks: shrinkage, poor preparation and settlement.
Concrete cracks caused by shrinkage and poor preparation don't necessarily mean that you have a foundation problem. If the concrete wasn't prepared properly or left to cure, then hairline cracks can show up. Those tiny concrete cracks are typically superficial. But if those concrete cracks grow, are uneven, or create tripping hazards then you could have a foundation problem on your hands.
Concrete cracks caused by settlement are almost always a serious foundation and safety issue.
So, what is settlement? Settlement occurs when the soil your home is built on can no longer support the weight of your house.
Over time settlement cracks can turn into a sinking house, sink holes or even a collapsed foundation. So you can see why it's important to have them repaired ASAP.
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