Cracks in foundation walls in a basement can be of no significance or a major structural defect, which can be expensive to correct. Proper evaluation is therefore very important to determine; If repair work is warranted and, Details for effective repairs.
Cracks in foundation walls in Metro Detroit typically occur within several years after a house is built, although there are exceptions. Owners often do not notice cracks until many years after initial formation. More often a foundation crack becomes a major issue when discovered during a pre-purchase inspection.
Cracks are generally considered vertical, horizontal or diagonal (sloped), even though most cracked-wall conditions include all three categories.