Foundation Cracks Boone NC
If you or your building inspector notice any cracks in your foundation, deck posts skewing out of level, sinking corners or exposed footings, you may be experiencing ‘differential settlement’. This usually naturally occurs in the first few years of a buildings life but can also happen due to changes in soil conditions near the foundation walls.
Heavy rain or excavation can effect the soil conditions and allow sinking. Remodeling work that changes the loads on foundation walls can cause once-adequate foundations to settle even more. Simply moving an interior wall to ‘open up a room’ could add thousands of pounds of extra weight to a corner of the foundation during a heavy snow…. pushing your foundation down into the soil much more than it was designed for. This could crack the foundation wall and drop your room out of level and is only one of the many reasons this could happen.
If you notice cracks in your foundation, or in a building you are considering purchasing, it is important to have an assessment done to determine if the cracks are benign and harmless or the beginning of something much more serious. IONCON can provide a complete foundation assessment to ensure that you do not waste money on unnecessary repairs and protect the foundation of your building. If required, IONCON may install wall crack monitors on existing cracks to determine if a problem is getting worse over time or for your own convince of monitoring changes in cracking masonry.