There was a 4.0 earthquake that shook many homes last Tuesday night, but many people were not too shaken up.
In fact, many people didn’t think it was too big of a deal.
But for foundation crack repair companies on Wednesday morning, the phone began to ring.
There were numerous calls from homeowners who discovered cracks in their foundations and were looking for repair estimates following the quake that rocked New Hampshire and other parts of New England for nearly 10 seconds.
While state and local officials have reported no major damage, the quake was unusually strong by New England standards and has prompted many people to inspect their foundations.
Some have discovered new basement cracks because of the quake while others said they had cracks that existed before but worsened after Tuesday's temblor.
Others found cracks and weren't sure if they were caused by the quake because they had never checked their foundation before.
Usually they're only hairline cracks, but they could cause more damage in the future if they get worse and water gets in.
A-1 Foundation Crack Repair Inc. received calls as well.
“One man joked, 'That's the first time I looked carefully at my foundation,'” said Rich Comeras, president of the foundation repair company that serves New Hampshire and other New England states.
Most of the cracks the company has seen are considered non-structural, Comeras said.
“If it's a straight crack, it's more than likely just from settlement or shrinkage,” he said.
If the crack is at an angle or there's some deflection, Comeras said, it may be a good idea to have it inspected by a structural engineer because it could eventually leak.
For Basement Crack Repair in Boston and New England contact A-1 Foundation Crack Repair.