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Causes of Foundation Cracks in San Antonio

What Causes Cracks in Walls and Ceilings?

If cracks are appearing unexpectedly inside your house or around your foundation, a professional inspection is the next step. There are nearly as many different types of foundation cracks and signs of foundation failure as there are causes. Finding an adequate solution usually requires analysis by an expert. The following cracks and causes should be used as a guide, keeping in mind that often foundation issues will result in more than one type of crack and may have more than one cause.

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Sheetrock & Drywall Cracks

Homeowners tend to spend the majority of their time inside the house where sheetrock cracks are easily noticed. While repairing and re-painting the sheetrock is effective as a temporary cosmetic repair, the cracks will quickly open back up and get worse if the underlying foundation issue isn’t addressed.

Why Is My Drywall Cracking?

  • The foundation of the home is shifting and settling
  • The initial installation of the sheetrock panels was done incorrectly
  • There are changes in temperature or humidity levels
  • The home has a leak

Cracks in plaster or sheetrock will help you determine whether the settlement you are experiencing is on the interior of your home or along the perimeter.

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Brick Cracks

While sheetrock cracks are easy to repair, brick cracks are not as simple – and they generally present the biggest concern to the homeowner. The types of cracking vary in direction and size.

What Causes Brick Walls to Crack?

  • Often the cracks will be larger at the top and narrow at the bottom. This indicates downward settlement on a corner of the house, and the cracks are usually accompanied by the wall rolling — which will push out the trim near the roof.
  • Another common brick crack pattern will be narrow at the top and wide at the bottom, which indicates sagging in the middle of the wall.

Doors and Windows

Sticking or separating doors and windows are a clear indication that the structure of your home has begun to be compromised. Looking at the reveal of your door (the gap between the top of the door and the door jamb), you can figure out on which side the settlement is occurring. The reveal will be uneven; the narrow side creates an arrow which points toward the side that’s low.

Doors and windows that stick can cause safety concerns. Recovery and support of doorways is one of the most common requests we get from customers.

Plumbing Leaks

Another culprit in foundation cracks is the dreaded plumbing leak. We’re not talking about the pressure side coming into the house — that can be monitored by your monthly bill and watching the meter.

The drain side of your plumbing — the exit from tubs, toilets, and sinks to the sewer — is not metered and can leak for years without detection. This can sometimes cause the soil to erode from under the slab, or even expand the clay to the point that the home raises above its intended level.

Where Will You See Cracks Appear?

Cracks and their causes.
  1. Door Frames
  2. Ceilings and Corners
  3. Doors
  4. Sub Flooring
  5. Floor Tiles and Planks
  6. Exterior Walls
  7. Window Frames
  8. Exterior Foundation
  9. Exterior Walls
  10. Garage Doors
  11. Corner Walls
  12. Brick Walls
  13. Ceiling / Wall Joints
  14. Basements
  15. Crawlspaces
  16. Plumbing
  17. Concrete Foundation Slab Wall or Floor

Make an appointment with Ram Jack Texas - Central/South to learn more about our services or about what causes cracks in walls and ceilings by calling (210) 970-7115.

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Pricing Factors

The cost of foundation repair varies greatly depending on the extent of the damage and the type of service needed. These factors can include the following:

  • Soil Conditions – The type of soil your home is built on can significantly impact the foundation repair cost.
  • Size of Your Home – The size of your home will also affect the foundation repair cost. Larger homes require more materials and labor, so expect to pay more for repairs in larger homes.
  • Type of Foundation – The foundation used on your home can drastically impact the repair cost.
  • Extent of Foundation Damage – The extent of damage to your foundation will also determine the cost of repairs. Cracks, bowing walls, and sinking floors require different repairs and vary greatly in cost.

At Ram Jack, we provide accurate, personalized estimates and long-term solutions for all your foundation problems. Our experienced foundation repair specialists can inspect your home, provide an accurate estimate for your foundation repair cost, and handle the project to ensure the job is done correctly.

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Guaranteed Reliability

At local franchises, customer satisfaction takes top priority, and they demonstrate this by offering lifetime limited warranty coverage. They go the extra mile to provide customers peace of mind by installing steel piles specifically designed to remain stable. If you have concerns about foundation movement, our dedicated dealers will promptly inspect, adjust, or replace a pile and its associated bracket as necessary. Moreover, they will thoroughly assess your property for any signs of soil movement beyond their previous work.

An unwavering commitment to quality empowers each dealer to fully stand behind their products and services, guaranteeing comprehensive limited warranties that leave no room for uncertainty. When you choose Ram Jack, you can be confident that your house rests on a solid foundation backed by Ram Jack products and training, and the innovative Ram Jack System of Foundation Support.

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