Are you worried about one or more horizontal foundation cracks in your home? If so, this short article has what you need. We’re going to discuss the causes of horizontal foundation cracks, how serious they are, how to repair horizontal foundation cracks and more.
How Serious Are Horizontal Foundation Cracks?
Horizontal foundation cracks are serious. They’re sometimes an indication the home’s foundation has moved. However, if they appear on a basement wall, they’re probably caused by hydrostatic pressure. We’ll talk more about this below.
If you have horizontal cracks in your home, you need to contact either a foundation repair contractor or a structural engineer right away for an inspection.
The good news is horizontal cracks don’t mean your house is about to collapse. Virtually all horizontal foundation cracks can be repaired.
What Causes Horizontal Cracks?
The most common cause of horizontal cracks is hydrostatic pressure pushing against the foundation wall. Here’s how it happens:
In addition to horizontal cracks, you might also see interior cracks in your home such as: