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Foundation Cracks: Types and Fixes
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Spotting a crack in your walls, floor, or foundation is frustrating and can be stressful. They are evidence of damage to your home that requires repair, which isn’t happy news for anyone. Equipping yourself with some knowledge about what cracks to watch for and potential repair options will allow you to know when to ask for help from a professional.

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What To Look For
Not all foundation cracks are created equal. Some are relatively benign, though you will want to keep your eye on them. Others are far more serious and require prompt attention. Here are five of the most common types of foundation cracks:

  • Horizontal Cracks: As the name implies, these run horizontally along your concrete foundation.
  • Vertical Cracks: You may see these in the middle section of your wall, running up from the ground.
  • Basement Floor Cracks: These will be most visible in unfinished basements. They typically start in a corner and spread out across the floor.
  • Stair-step Cracks: This crack is a sign of serious foundation trouble. They appear on masonry and brick foundations, and concrete block construction.
  • Diagonal Cracks: Commonly found around the corners of doors and windows, these cracks look worse than they are.
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How to Fix Foundation Cracks
Most importantly, you cannot simply patch over cracks. They require the skilled hand of a foundation repair expert. Frequently, these cracks are signs of more significant structural damage, which only a professional can properly assess.

Your local foundation crack repair expert has several solutions at their disposal. What they recommend depends on the crack’s severity, as well as any other underlying problems. Some possible solutions include:

SmartJack: This solution uses a set of fully adjustable, high-capacity steel support posts that are placed under sagging structural supports. They can then be progressively tightened to lift floors back to a more level placement.

Sister joists: Severely deteriorated wooden beams may need to be paired with a sister joist. These are brand new beams which we’ll install alongside weak existing beams for added support.

Replacement beams: If your wooden beams are too deteriorated to repair in your home, a full support beam replacement may be necessary. We’ll replace the old wooden beams with metal I beams, so you’ll never have to worry about wood rot again.

If you notice cracks in your foundation and have questions, don’t hesitate to contact the trusted experts of Virginia Foundation Solutions.

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Quality materials and workmanship. Matt answered all our questions, even after hours, and Miguel and his crew were efficient and resolved all issues immediately. A very satisfied customer.


Professional and courteous at all time. Crew was on site for 4 days in terrible weather and never missed a beat. Kept us informed, did what they planned and kept the areas near and clean. A really great crew.

Hal Luebke

VFS crew did a wonderful job. They worked effectively together to complete our project. They used care in making sure our lawn was not ruined and they cleaned up their work area when completed.

Mary Routten

Work was completed as promised. Purple crew was prompt, professional, and considerate of our home. Zero complaints

S House

I highly recommend this company. They had the best price, quality work and it was completed on time, which is rare these days. It’s not easy so I commend the crew on their hard work!

Donald Marx

Everything looks GREAT and the finished crawlspace was better than we expected. The RED crew did a great job and left the entire worksite cleaner than it was when they arrived.

Mike Shaffer

We recently used VFS to install an interior french drain and sump pump in our finished lower level. The "purple crew" was assigned to our job and they were fabulous!!! They were timely, neat, respectful and hardworking. We are very happy with the job they did.

Howard Bloom

The yellow crew (Willy, Marco, Oscar, and Patrick) were VERY professional and hard working. They kept us informed every step of the way. The clean up at end of the workday was exceptional. The best part is my foundation is fixed and our crawlspace is the cleanest crawlspace I have ever seen.

Scott Withdrew

The workers were very professional, experienced and knowledgeable. They left the crawlspace with reinforced support beams. A supervisor checked their work in the afternoon.

Rick Ruscak

VFS did a great job on our house’s foundation in double quick time and when they left our yard was cleaner and tidier than it was when they came! Thank you all. The masonry team also did a wonderful job. The damaged brickwork looks as good as new. Well done!

Alan Stephenson

Newport News


We loved working with this company. All of the workers were friendly and helpful. They were very particular about their work and showed professionalism and organization. They did a great job; we are so thankful for their help.

Daphne Jonas



Professional and kind staff, started on time, finished on time, good clean up, and next best bid was 40% higher using same materials. Highly recommend!

Ron Bianchi



VFS was on time, clean, polite and thorough with good workmanship.

Lois Horton

Newport News


Great customer service. Fantastic work under the house along with follow through to ensure everything was complete. Our Moisture and Termite inspector said it was the best "under house" inspection he'd done!

Larry Bianchi

Virginia Beach