A Quick Guide to Assessing Your Home’s Foundation for Cracks – And What to Do if You Find Them


When purchasing a home, there are a number of considerations that need to be taken into account. One of those considerations is the foundation of the home. No matter how perfect or suitable a property looks, taking the time to properly inspect the property for foundation problems can save homeowners thousands of dollars in repairs later on.

While foundation cracks are usually present in older homes, that does not mean that newer and even new homes aren’t prone to them. When choosing a property, the following tips can help homebuyers find signs of foundation problems and take the right action if any are found.

Concrete Weakness

One of the easiest ways to check for a damaged foundation is to check the concrete of the home. When the foundation is strong and safe, the concrete is not brittle and breakable. To test this, when trying to poke the foundation with a screwdriver, the foundation should be rock solid. If it isn’t, then there may be a foundation issue.

Posts Should Be Sturdy

If the house has a basement, then the posts that hold up the basement and crawl space should stand firmly in place. The bottom of the post should be unmovable and the post should stand straight and tall. If the posts do not do so, then there is a problem with the foundation.

Uneven Floors

The next component of the house that should be inspected is the floors. All of the floors within the house must be solid, straight, and not slanted. If the floor is slanted or separates from the wall in any place, then the foundation is unable to support the home properly and there is a serious issue.

Exterior Cracks

The walls are also a way to examine for foundation issues. Take a tour around the outside of the home and inspect for any cracks to the exterior. Each wall on the outside of the home should be smooth, solid, and free of any cracks. However, if there is a crack, this may mean that the foundation has shifted and the home is uneven.

Windows and Doors

Next, inspect every window and door on the property. Each should be attached to the surrounding wall and they must also open and close without any difficulty. If there is a difficulty in opening and closing windows and doors, there may be a foundation problem like shifting or uneven ground that is unable to support the property.

Moist Ground Around the Property

Lastly, another sign that there is a foundation problem is if the ground around the property is moist. A strong foundation will usually be set upon ground that is completely solid. When the ground is moist, the dirt particles are porous and unable to bind together, leading to shifting, cracks, and major damage to the home.

Choosing the right home is not a difficult process and making the right assessments of the property can save thousands of dollars in future repairs. To help with assessments, foundation repairs, and to get the right information about how to deal with a cracked foundation the first thing you should do is contact trusted professionals in your area and get several bids. Once you do this you will have gained a better understanding as to the problem at hand and how to fix your current home or the property you are looking at purchasing. Remember knowledge is power, so go to those in whom you trust. Clean Green Real Estate offers a wonderful referral services for all of your home buying and selling needs so do not hesitate to contact us today and see how we can help your particular need.

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2 thoughts on “A Quick Guide to Assessing Your Home’s Foundation for Cracks – And What to Do if You Find Them”

  1. Thank you for the help. I have noticed the start of a crack on the exterior of my foundation. It must be shifting right now. How quickly should I have a professional inspect and repair the foundation?

    1. Justin, thank you for writing in. Your foundation cracks should be checked by a professional at first site of cracks appearing. This is important to stop the damage that “may” be occurring. In some cases hairline fractures are minor and may not lead to massive separation or shifting of foundation blocks but because they are appearing something is happening and that’s when you want to define what is going on. Many of the foundation experts give free consultations and if I were you I would get a few to take a look at it and make some suggestions if any are needed. I just saw a home yesterday where the foundation cracks were evident on all three walls and where repair was done on the fourth wall that wasn’t good. In fact the Owners tried to save money by doing the repairs themselves and remove the dirt from the exterior so that the weight of the dirt moving didn’t push up agains the house. Unfortunately, they may have done more damage by doing this and not calling in the professionals. The entire house, although small, is now sitting on foundation where the home would have to be lifted and all new foundation would have to be poured. Their situation is more extreme because of waiting to handle the situation properly. Call in the professionals in your case early and let the professionals give you peace of mind! Let me know how it goes!

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