vertical crack in basement foundation. Is it dangerous?

Asked by boomstock, Edison, NJ Sat Dec 8, 2012

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Jacques Ambr…, Agent, Forest Hills, NY
Mon Dec 10, 2012
If you aware unsure consider hiring an engineer to make a determination.
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Jeanne Feeni…, Agent, Basking Ridge, NJ
Sun Dec 9, 2012
Good answer from Armin. Your inspector will take a look at the foundation walls and if he is concerned, will recommend a structural engineer. I've got a very good one that does an evaluation and makes a recommendation of a cure if the problem requires it. I have not encountered an issue that couldn't be addressed.

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Armin Lusiny…, Agent, Short Hills, NJ
Sat Dec 8, 2012
Although they can be a sign of foundation settlement, vertical cracks in a foundation wall are not necessarily a sign of serious structural damage in your home. Vertical cracks are often caused by the shrinking of concrete as it cures; if the edges of a small crack feel even as you run your fingers along the sides, this is likely the reason why. However, it's always a good idea to have a professional look at the problem, so you can be sure that the problem is not major before it gets much worse.
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Armin Lusinyants
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