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10:06AM | 02/14/06
Member Since: 08/17/05
11 lifetime posts
Dear Foundation Gurus,

I just noticed a ceramic tile cracked.

The tile is right in front of the main door/entrance. I looked at the wall

or sorrounding floor but couldnt see any cracks on the walls per-se. These days I am

noticing that caulk on all edges of the

walls (mainly towards floor, interior)

is breaking a part and showing gaps in between.

I live in Plano texas, and the house is built

by southerby, in 1998. I believe 'have 10 yr


I am kinda scared; what are the next steps

'need to take. This is my first house

and dont have much experience on these?

Are these symptoms of a major foundation


How often should I water?

Would any one be kind enough to advice me?

Thanks in advance,

with best regards


Glenn Good

01:06PM | 03/01/06
Member Since: 09/10/03
314 lifetime posts
How large is the crack? Is it getting larger as time goes on?

Minor deflections in the floor sheathing can cause ceramic tiles to crack and so can more severe structural problems.

If the crack is small and not progressing further, it is most likely not a problem. Keep monitoring the crack to see if it begins to grow.

Water only as often as needed to maintain a moist subgrade. More often in dry weather than during cool wet/moist weather.

If you are worried about the crack and want a better informed answer quickly you should call a certified home inspector to look into the problem. He/she can better determine the severity of the problem and inform you on who to contact to make any needed repairs.

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