Basement Cracks, What do they tell us??
Basement cracks happen. Period. Sometimes the cracks are merely shrinkage and “settling” and sometimes they are the indication of a hidden flaw in the structure. So, how do you as a consumer know the difference?
Well the short answer is you don’t. And, why would you? Do you have experience in your work or personal life looking at and analyzing cracks? Do you hold a degree in Engineering and have studied sheer, vertical and lateral forces on a homes foundation?
Homes foundation cracks tell a story, if you know the language.
Horizontal cracks on a basement vertical wall are a story of gloom. OK maybe not gloom but certainly concern. Horizontal cracks mean the soil on the exterior of the home is shoving against the foundation wall and causing it to buckle. If left unchecked and with enough time this wall can and probably will fail. But, before it fails it will probably leak. So it will give you, in most cases, time to pay attention to it and repair it.
Vertical cracking can mean the same thing. The takeaway is basement cracks are not to be ignored.
Michigan homes in the Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Battle Creek and SW MIchigan Areas lots of times come standard with basements so if your about to purchase a home here in SW Michigan please consider a home inspection company with experience and knowledge. HomeSpec Certified Inspections, LLC. We service all of SW Michigan.