Top Reasons For Cracks In Your Foundation

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Your basement may begin to form cracks and you may wonder about the cause. Believe it or not, in most cases, a crack in a basement floor is not a sign of a larger problem, especially given how your floor supports the weight of the rest of your house. However, it's still worthwhile to investigate the potential causes.

Concrete Shrinking

If you only notice hairline cracks, these do not usually indicate a larger problem. They are often simply the result of the surface of the concrete shrinking as the concrete dries. You should especially not worry about cracks that form shortly after your home has been constructed. 

Soil Settling

Another common cause of cracks is when the soil underneath your home is unstable. The soil might not be compacted enough and might not be distributed evenly enough. Some soil movement also results from tree roots or from earthquakes.

Under these circumstances, the strain placed on the concrete slab causes cracks to form. Settlement is more often a serious problem for your home and you should look for other warning signs, such as gaps that form between the floor and walls, walls that pull away from each other, and cracks on the walls.

You may also notice doors and windows that won't open properly. Fortunately, cracks caused by settling can be filled and leveled. If the floor has not yet finished settling, you might have to repeat the leveling process.

Cold Winter Seasons

Cracks sometimes form during cold winter seasons as a result of frost heave. Soil freezes and thaws, creating an expansion that may lead to cracks. You'll most often see cracks forming near support columns.

Fortunately, you may prevent frost heave by using a more porous alternative to the soil around your property, such as gravel. Also, dig subterranean reservoirs that can direct water away from the foundation. 

When a Crack Becomes a Problem

Even if a crack does not threaten the structural integrity of your home, you should still consider having it sealed. Cracks can lead to water and pollutants entering into your home. For example, your home might become contaminated by methane or radon gases. When water seeps through the floor, this can cause basement waterproofing problems. For this reason, it's important to have your cracks sealed. The only cracks you don't have to worry about are ones 1/8 inches or smaller. If repairs are necessary, hire a foundation repair specialist.

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Exploring Contractor's Hand Tools

Welcome to my site, my name is Hugo Ciela. I'd like to talk to you about hand tools used by contractors of all kinds. Although air and power tools frequently make jobs easier, and sometimes even more enjoyable, hand tools have not lost their place in this industry. Many jobs cannot be completed without a hand tool or two due to their versatility and precision. Contractors of all types, ranging from roofers to foundation specialists, keep a plethora of hand tools in their worksite kit. I will discuss the types of hand tools you might see in those kits. I will also explore all of the different ways they can be used. Please stick around to learn more information about contractor's hand tools.