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Slab Cracks

Slab cracks might appear due to a few different factors. Settlement is a common cause of cracks in concrete slabs. If the soil shrinks due to dry conditions or hot weather, the slab might settle and crack. Erosion can also form voids under the concrete, causing it to settle and crack - as the concrete settles into these voids, it might crack. Plumbing leaks and broken pipes might also cause erosion and lead to slab cracks. Poorly compaction soil at the time the slab is poured, improper mixing, or poor slab design are all issues that can lead to cracks forming in the concrete slab. Slab heaving can also result in crack formation. If the soil under the slab swells due to excess water absorption, the slab might start to crack. If there are cracks in your foundation, driveway, patio, or another concrete slab, contact us for a solution today.

Foundation Cracks

Foundation Cracks are a serious issue because they can allow water and pests to enter your home or business. Like slab cracks, foundation cracks often form due to settlement or heaving. They can also form if the foundation was not properly constructed or if the foundation shifts due to soil pressure. When the soil pressure becomes too great for the foundation to handle, it puts pressure on the foundation and can result in foundation cracks. Hairline foundation cracks might not be a huge issue, but foundation cracks larger than 1/16 of an inch should be examined by a professional.

Floor Cracks

Floor cracks are usually a problem that occurs in residential basements or in concrete floors in commercial or industrial buildings. Most of these cracks are formed when the foundation or slab starts to settle or heave. However, floor cracks can also be the result of poor construction. Maturing tree or shrub roots growing under your structure and pushing on the concrete can also cause floor cracks to form. They are a problem for homeowners and business owners alike because they could lead to leakage in your structure and they indicate that there is a foundation issue that might threaten the structural integrity of the entire building. We offer both pier installation and polyurethane foam injection to level floors and help close and seal floor cracks. Whether you are a homeowner or have a commercial or industrial property with floor cracks, call Bay Area for a solution today.

Wall Cracks

Wall cracks can happen in both your exterior and interior walls. Both interior and exterior wall cracks are normally caused by a foundation problems such as settlement or shifting. The type of wall crack might help determine what caused the crack in the first place. Horizontal and separation cracks often indicate a serious foundation problem, while vertical foundation cracks usually mean that the foundation has settled. If you see cracks in the same direction as the drywall was hung, you probably do not have any major issues. Cracks that run at a 45-degree angle might indicate water damage or a shifting foundation. Stair-step shaped cracks usually form between cinder blocks or bricks and could be a sign of moisture causing the blocks to expand or could result from foundation movement. Have wall cracks in your home looked at by a professional, especially if they are 1/16 inch or wider.

Ceiling Cracks

Cracks in your ceiling are often signs of normal home settlement and aging. However, they might also indicate a serious problem with your foundation. Looking at the type of ceiling crack can help you determine whether or not it is serious. Spider-web shaped cracks are usually very thin and are a sign of standard aging. Have them examined if they are wider than 1/16 inch. Vertical cracks that run the length of the ceiling and continue down the wall may indicate a foundation problem such as shifting or settlement and should be addressed as soon as possible. Ceiling cracks accompanied by a bowed wall might also be a sign of a foundation problem or of water damage to the ceiling. Fortunately, our team specializes in pier installation and other foundation repair methods to fix problems that caused ceiling cracks and keep the home stabilized so that no further issues occur.