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Foundation repair is a necessary home improvement project for any homeowner experiencing the problems. The type of foundation repair needed will be determined by the specific cause of the foundation problems. In a poured concrete foundation wall, the typical crack will run vertically at a slight angle. This will happen within the first few years of construction of your home. In some cases, this is caused by shrinkage in the concrete during the curing process. This normally is a small concrete repair job to do.
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In a concrete block or brick foundation, the direction of the crack will tell the source of the problem and the type of foundation repair to perform. If you’ve seen horizontal cracks along the middle of the wall, or a stairstep crack following the mortar joints, your walls are susceptible to lateral pressure. When the ground around your foundation is wet it expands. When it is dry it shrinks back down. This back and forth pressure will cause cracking and bowing in the wall. This is a serious sign of movement in the foundation.

Another sign of needed foundation repair work are vertical or stair step cracks in a block or brick foundation wall. This is a sign of settlement. Unstable soil conditions can cause your home to sink down into the ground causing stress on many areas, including your basement walls. With this problem, you may also notice doors or windows that are hard to close, cracks in drywall, and/or cracks in the outside facing of the home.

The recommended first step for foundation repair is to have a certified foundation repair contractor examine the situation. Obtaining a professional opinion on the causes, costs and available solutions is a necessary step in securing your foundation walls. 

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