One of two things usually happens when people start to see problems in their foundation. They either completely ignore the problem because they don’t understand the potential impact of a small crack, or they immediately decide their foundation is ruined and someday it will cause their house to collapse.
As a homeowner, it is important that you become more aware of the problems that could affect your home. A small crack may not be an issue on its own, but it depends upon the cause of the crack. It could be a minor problem that will never get worse and will never cause any problems. However, it could also be the first sign of a serious foundation problem. If the first type of problem is ignored, nothing bad would happen. If the second type of problem is ignored, the results can cause serious damage to your home.
People who immediately jump to the conclusion that they are facing a serious problem are usually mistaken too. These people usually think the only option to save their home is to lift the home off the basement and completely redesign the basement walls.
The truth is that there are many techniques available that can fix a significant foundation problem that are much easier, and cheaper. If it is a single wall causing the problems, there are techniques that can reinforce that wall and make the foundation of your home stable again.
The only way for you to tell for sure how big of an issue you face is to contact a foundation repair professional. They will be able to look at your home, figure out what is causing the cracks, and determine how big of an issue you are facing.
Don’t hide in the sand, or assume the worst. If you see problems with your foundation, get a professional opinion.