A cracked foundation can be a major issue for a house that undermines the structural integrity of the entire project. It’s also very hard to fix in many cases, if only discovered after construction is complete. One complicated tactic to repair the foundation involves raising up the structure on jacks and pouring under it, but that is not always possible, and it is very expensive and labor-intensive when it is.
Understanding what causes foundation cracks can help prevent them. Some of the most common causes are:
- The foundation settling unevenly after the building is constructed
- The cycle of hot and cool weather causing materials to expand and contract
- Water getting into small cracks in the foundation and making them wider
- Concrete shrinking naturally during the curing process
- Issues with the land below the foundation, which could sink or shift
Some cracks certainly can be fixed. Inspectors will pay a lot of attention to the size of the crack, the likely reasons that it formed, if it is getting larger over time and other such details. Still, repairs can be expensive. Plus, a cracked foundation that then settles at different degrees in different areas can cause all sorts of structural issues above the foundation since nothing is even or level any longer.
With so much on the line and the potential expense of a case like this, those involved need to understand all their rights when facing allegations that a cracked foundation came from a design flaw or some other such defect. This is true for any type of property, from a residential home to a condo to an office building to a major storefront. The larger the project, the more expensive things can get.
If your company is accused of construction defects, an experienced attorney can help provide more information on your legal options.