It’s hard to imagine, but concrete is constantly moving and expanding and contracting and shifting. Minor cracks in your foundation are perfectly normal, but if you don’t tend to those cracks, they can become a serious threat to the structure of your home. Treat your foundation like you would treat your relationship, the sooner you address problems head on, the more likely you are to avoid serious damage. If you sit on a problem hoping it will go away over time, all you’re doing is allowing that tiny crack to turn major, threatening the integrity of your entire home.
Fix minor cracks in your foundation immediately
Colorado has everything. Mountains, rivers, valleys, big cities, small mountain towns and all the weather you can think of. Having a little bit of everything is why most of us chose to live in Colorado, but the constant shifts in temperatures can give any homeowner a few premature grey hairs. In the mountains we’re still seeing a little snow and frost at night and then the sun comes out during the day warming everything again. This is great for mid-afternoon walks in the park, but your concrete foundation is constantly expanding and contracting and eventually you’ll get a few cracks here and there. If you’re careful you can tend to these cracks yourself without much cause for alarm, but if the cracks seem like more than just your normal seasonal cracking you should contact a professional to assess the situation.
Contact a professional to inspect major cracks in your foundation
If you spot a crack that exceeds ¼ inches in width, it’s time to call in a structural engineer to assess the damage to your home. For major cracks, the source causing the crack could be more than just natural “over time” wear and tear. Improper pouring of the concrete foundation, to begin with, could have made your home vulnerable from the beginning. Or faulty rebar that weakens your concrete, rather than enforcing it. It is important to contact a professional to determine the cause of the damage and how to fix it.
Metro reconstruction can repair foundational cracks once and for all
We have over 30 years of experience in general contracting and reconstruction services throughout the state of Colorado. From major foundation issues to moisture, or improper installation of your stucco, EIFS, stone and flashing systems. Our goal is to be your strategic partner and advocate. We’ll address the situation in the best possible way, ensuring that you get work of the highest quality and the most innovative solutions to each project. If you want it fixed right, once and for all, contact us today to go over your project and schedule an estimate.