What’s That Crack!

Pictured is a foundational crack that FECS determined needed construction repair to render the structure sound. Photo courtesy of FECS.

By Sorista Vaught

Whenever you notice cracks in your home or foundation, it is important to be sure they are not “structure threatening cracks”. Cracks like the one pictured above are displaying a gap as wide as one inch in areas and this is plain just not good. FECS determined in this particular instance that this crack needed construction repair to render the structure once again sound.

Structures do experience some settling over time which can lead to cracks of one nature or another. Any cracks in your structure that seem to be widening over time will most definitely need to be examined by a structural engineer to determine if they are “structure threatening cracks”.

More often than not there will be a viable fix available. However, should the cracking be widening at a rapid rate, some underlying cause such as a sinkhole could prove, devastating to your structure and dangerous to occupants. (See article: Florida man vanishes after being sucked into sinkhole under his bedroom. https://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/article1947781.html)

A structural engineer has been trained in forensic operations to determine underlying causes of these issues. If your situation concerns you why not give us a call today at 931-456-6071.

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