Fixing Foundation Cracks Before It’s Too Late


A stable foundation is the backbone of any building, and when that stability is compromised, the structural integrity of the entire structure is at risk. For residents of the Puget Sound area, understanding the causes, dangers, and remedies for foundation cracks is crucial. Puget Sound Engineering is at the forefront of this understanding and here to guide you.

Why Do Foundation Cracks Appear?

Foundation cracks can emerge for a variety of reasons, including:

  1. Soil Settling: Over time, the soil underneath your foundation can settle unevenly. This can be due to factors like initial soil compaction or changes in the moisture content of the soil.
  2. External Pressure: Trees or large shrubs planted too close to the foundation can exert pressure on the foundation walls. This is due to the growth of their root systems.
  3. Weather Changes: Frequent freeze and thaw cycles can lead to expanding and contracting soil, exerting pressure on the foundation.
  4. Inadequate Drainage: Poor water drainage can lead to soil erosion around and under the foundation, causing cracks to appear.

Dangers of Ignoring Foundation Cracks

The reasons to address foundation cracks early on are numerous:

  • Water Damage: Cracks can act as channels for water, leading to mold growth, basement flooding, and even structural damage.
  • Decreased Property Value: Homes with unresolved foundation issues are harder to sell and often require reduced listing prices.
  • Safety Concerns: Major foundation issues can lead to significant structural problems, putting occupants at risk.
  • Higher Repair Costs: Addressing foundation cracks early can prevent more extensive, and more expensive, repairs down the line.

Detecting the Severity of Foundation Cracks

Not all cracks are created equal. Hairline cracks are common and may not signal a major issue. However, if the cracks are wide (over 1/8 inch), display horizontal patterns, or are accompanied by other signs like sticking doors and windows or uneven floors, it’s time to consult with experts.

Puget Sound Engineering Solutions

At Puget Sound Engineering, we follow a comprehensive approach to foundation repair:

  1. Inspection: Before jumping to solutions, a detailed inspection helps identify the underlying cause of the cracks.
  2. Custom Solutions: Based on the type and severity of the cracks, we design a customized repair plan.
  3. Repair Techniques: Depending on the situation, we might recommend:
  • Epoxy or Polyurethane Injections: Suitable for sealing waterproof cracks.
  • Underpinning: In cases of soil settling, this involves placing piers beneath the foundation to raise and support it.
  • Drainage Solutions: Ensuring proper drainage can prevent future cracks from forming.
  1. Post-repair Monitoring: Our commitment doesn’t end with the repair. We monitor the foundation to ensure the long-term effectiveness of our solutions.

Prevention: A Key Aspect

While addressing foundation cracks is essential, preventing them is equally critical. Here are some preventive measures:

  • Maintain Proper Drainage: Ensure that your gutters and downspouts are working correctly and that the ground around your foundation slopes away from the building.
  • Plant Wisely: Keep large trees and shrubs at a safe distance from the foundation.
  • Monitor Soil Moisture: Use a soaker hose to prevent the soil near the foundation from drying out and contracting during dry spells.


Ignoring foundation cracks can lead to significant structural and financial headaches down the road. As the leading experts in the Puget Sound region, Puget Sound Engineering is here to help ensure the longevity and safety of your home or building. If you notice foundation cracks or have concerns about the stability of your structure, reach out to us before it’s too late.

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