Cracked and bowed walls typically indicate serious foundation damage that needs to be immediately addressed. You can restore your walls, but the problem will continually reoccur in the future unless you determine the cause of the damage and eliminate it. Learn about a few of the most common causes behind this type of structural damage below to help you diagnose the cause of your damaged walls.
Common Causes for Cracked & Bowed Walls
Settling occurs when the soil in an area contracts, causing the foundation set upon it to sink further into the ground. Settling can occur slowly over time as a result of the climate in your area, or happen quickly after a major storm or flooding. Cracks from settling usually start at your ceiling and move their way down the length of the wall. The larger the crack, the more significant the settling.
2. The Elements
Extreme weather conditions can also create cracks in your walls. As outdoor temperatures change from extremely hot to extremely cold, your walls and foundation will expand and contract. Eventually, cracks will form. Hairline cracks are common in walls, which can be fixed with just some spackle and paint. Thicker cracks will require foundation repair.
3. Bad Construction
A poorly constructed foundation or building will not last. As the building fails from its faulty construction, cracks or bowed walls will form. This problem is common among homeowners who purchase quickly and cheaply built tract houses. In this case, you will need to have an inspection done to determine whether a repair can fix the problem or if the foundation will need to be completely redone.
The Dwyer Company team are the local experts in reliable and long-term solutions for cracked and bowed walls in Lexington and Louisville, KY, and West Chester, OH. Thanks to the reputation they’ve built since opening in 1972, you can trust that The Dwyer Company will get the job done right the first time. Their full range of services includes underpinning, concrete lifting and foundation work. Visit them online for testimonials from happy clients. To schedule a free estimate, call their Lexington location at (859) 231-0998, their Louisville location at (502) 489-5438 or their West Chester location at (513) 777-0998.