What You Should Know About Cracked Foundation Inspections

two men inspecting foundation crack

Cracks in a home’s foundation are not uncommon, but they can be worrying for homeowners in the Hamilton area. Are these cracks normal? Do they indicate that there is a larger problem that possibly requires a costly repair? The only way to know for sure is to have a foundation inspection.

What is involved in a foundation inspection?

The home foundation inspector starts by walking around the foundation looking for signs of problems. They will look not just at the foundation itself but places where things like tree roots and water runoff could be causing issues.

Once inside, the inspector will look for problems in the foundation wall such as cracks, bulges, divots and signs of water damage.

Signs you need a foundation inspection

If you notice any of these signs, it is advised that you get a foundation inspection:

  • Large cracks on the exterior of the home.
  • Cracked drywall – especially if the cracks are in a zigzag pattern.
  • Uneven floors
  • Cracks above doorways
  • Doors and windows that are pulling away from the frame.

Prevention is the best cure

Although it can be worrisome if you notice a crack or other problem in the foundation of your Hamilton or Niagara area home, it is best not to avoid the issue. Rather than try to convince yourself that the crack is a result of settling and nothing more, it is always best to have it evaluated by a professional.

Either you will learn that the crack truly is nothing to worry about and your mind will be set at ease. Or you will learn that there is a problem that needs to be taken care of.

If the latter is true, you may end up saving yourself a great deal of money and headache by having the problem addressed early. The earlier you address a problem with a cracked foundation, the less water and structural damage you are likely to suffer, and the less costly your repairs will be.

Foundation inspections for homebuyers

If you are purchasing a home in the Hamilton area, it is advised that you have the foundation inspected before closing on the sale. This is especially true if you are purchasing an older home or a home that has been built in an area where the ground is likely to shift. Getting a proper foundation inspection may help uncover hidden problems. If it does, you will have the option to either get out of the sale or have the seller make concessions, such as paying for the repair or lowering the sale price.

What are the main causes of foundation cracks?

Frequent causes of cracked foundations include:

  • Issues with concrete placement and drying
  • Inadequate solid preparation
  • Problems with backfilling of the foundation

Contact Conterra Foundation today!

If you require a foundation crack inspection in the Hamilton area, contact Conterra Foundation today. A member of our team can schedule a time to conduct an inspection. As a homeowner, this will help you plan any necessary repairs, and as a home buyer, this will help you make an informed decision before you make your purchase.