Understanding Foundation Cracks with Straight Line Construction & Ram Jack of Arizona

Introduction to Foundation Cracks

Foundation cracks are not just a cosmetic issue; they can be indicative of deeper structural problems. This post explores the different types of foundation cracks, their causes, and solutions, with expert insights from Straight Line Construction & Ram Jack of Arizona.

Types of Foundation Cracks

Hairline Cracks

Common in new homes as they settle, hairline cracks typically do not indicate serious structural issues.

Stair-Step Cracks

Found in brick and concrete block walls, stair-step cracks may signal foundation settlement and require professional evaluation.

Horizontal Cracks

These cracks are serious and often indicate pressure from soil or water outside the foundation. Immediate professional assessment is recommended.

Vertical and Diagonal Cracks

Such cracks can result from foundation settlement or shrinkage during the curing process and may vary in severity.

Causes of Foundation Cracks

Soil-Related Issues

Expansive soils, poor compaction, and erosion can significantly affect foundation integrity.

Environmental Factors

Changes in moisture levels, extreme weather conditions, and seismic activity can lead to foundation cracks.

Construction and Material Flaws

Inadequate construction practices or materials can lead to weakened foundations and subsequent cracking.

Diagnosing Foundation Cracks

A professional inspection is crucial for accurately diagnosing the cause and severity of foundation cracks. Straight Line Construction & Ram Jack of Arizona provides comprehensive evaluations to identify the root cause of foundation issues.

Repair Solutions for Foundation Cracks

Epoxy and Polyurethane Injections

Ideal for sealing hairline cracks to prevent water infiltration.


Used to stabilize foundations that have shifted due to soil issues.

Drainage Correction

Addresses water accumulation that can exacerbate foundation problems.

Custom Solutions

Straight Line Construction & Ram Jack of Arizona offers tailored solutions based on the specific type and cause of foundation cracks.

Preventative Measures and Maintenance

Regular inspections, proper drainage, and addressing minor issues early can prevent foundation cracks or keep them from worsening.

Understanding the types and causes of foundation cracks is essential for maintaining a safe and stable home. For professional evaluation and repair, Straight Line Construction & Ram Jack of Arizona stand ready to assist with expert solutions tailored to your home’s needs.

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Straight Line Construction

Straight Line Construction has changed a great deal over the last 30+ years in the industry, but one thing remains the same: our commitment to quality and to designing and installing permanent solutions to foundation settlement issues. Beginning with small residential jobs more than 30 years ago when the family-owned company was founded by Tim Davis, Sr., Straight Line Construction today repairs cracking residential and commercial foundations through its Ram Jack product toolkit and designs solutions for large infrastructure and industrial projects. We specialize in matching the right solution to each type of foundation repair issue.

Are you building a new home and want to ensure it has a solid foundation? Or is your house experiencing unwanted sagging or a cracking foundation? Are your walls cracked or your doors and windows sticking? As a bonded, licensed, and fully insured foundation repair company, we are proud to serve Colorado homeowners, builders, and commercial contractors. Our technical certifications enable us to offer the highest quality services and the best American-made, environmentally safe products available for foundation repair. Regardless of how your building is shifting or sinking, we can help you stop it. Our 30 years in the business and our designation as a Ram Jack certified dealer means you get the most technologically savvy solution to fix your foundation.

From the factory to the field, we strive to ensure the quality of our products and workmanship meet the highest industry standards. We work with other vetted professionals in the industry. All of our helical piers, push piers, and mounting brackets are manufactured by Ram Jack in Ada, OK, at an ISO-certified facility with American-made steel. Williams Form Engineering in Golden, CO, manufactures our reinforcing bar for ground anchor systems and shares our commitment to quality control and quality assurance.

About Ram Jack

Ram Jack is a family-owned business that began operations in 1968, in Ada, OK, where we currently source our piers and brackets. Back then, concrete piering was the original repair method used simply because it was the only technology available at the time. Over time, it became evident that concrete piers did not provide long-term stabilization of foundations and only provided a short-term warranty period. To guarantee the highest grade of customer satisfaction, a greater solution needed to be found.

The Ram Jack owners embarked on a research program to develop a foundation repair system to stand the test of time. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office first issued a patent to Ram Jack for its foundation repair system in 1985. Over the next few years, additional refinements and patents have followed, resulting in the strongest patented system in the industry. Ram Jack driven pilings are ICC-ES recognized (International Construction Code—Evaluation Services). Ram Jack is one of only two ICC-ES recognized foundation repair companies in the industry. Ram Jack’s products meet or exceed code requirements set down by ICC-ES for both commercial and residential properties.

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