Seeing foundation cracks in new homes can be bothersome. There are so many reasons you may see cracks forming your home’s foundation. Here are some things you need to consider if you find foundation cracks in new construction.
The location of your new home plays a huge role in the forming of cracks. While building your house upon an ideal combination of silt, sand, and clay, not everyone has that possibility. Areas with sinkholes put homeowners’ investments at risk. Among the places prone to sinkholes are Texas, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Missouri, and Tennessee. Florida offers a map revealing sinkhole locations through the Florida Department of Environmental protection.
The ways you can tell new home foundation cracks are related to sinkholes include the following:
If you believe you live near a sinkhole, here is what you need to do next.
Believe it or not, some cracks in the foundation of new construction are not concerning. Newly built homes expand and contract due to expansion in the dirt below. When rain dries up, the soil shrinks back to its original size causing permanent cracks. While cracks are not desirable, settling cracks are not an immediate concern. Your new construction may be settling in if the following occurs:
Follow these steps if you see your home settling.
Now and then, construction plans are not followed through with correctly. You may have incorrect foundation placement if you notice these signs.
If you suspect a poor construction job proceed to:
Don’t panic if you see a crack form. Consider the reasons they may be appearing. You will need to speak with the home’s builder or a foundation specialist. Until then, watch the cracks in your home to ensure they don’t grow. Hang in there until help arrives. If your home has foundation cracks, contact Atlantic Foundation. We can answer your questions and offer a free consultation if you live in Eastern North Carolina.
Atlantic Foundation is a foundation company located in Eastern North Carolina. Even though we are certified and accredited to repair foundations, we cannot guarantee your home is safe from sinkholes, uneven construction, or other environmental factors. We are not qualified to give legal or environmental advice. We accept no responsibility for injury, death, or loss due to the article information. This article does not guarantee that your home fits any criteria above. You follow the information above at your own risk.
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