So I bought a house about 3 months ago. I’m a first time home buyer and am currently freaking out because I have found some cracks in the concrete block foundation. They are pretty thin and follow the mortar in a stair step fashion. I can’t see any cracks in the blocks themselves. The house was built in 1959. I had two contractors come out and the first one was just trying to sell me exterior water proofing and didn’t seem to focused on the cracks. The second one stated he really didn’t see them as problematic at this time and the cracks were likely caused by the clay soil expanding and contracting with moisture. I’m just terrified that my foundation is unsound and I will end up with thousands of not tens of thousands of dollars in repairs I can’t afford. The home inspector did not note any of the cracks upon inspection.
I’m also worried that if I have more people come out to work on it they will try to sell me things I don’t need.
I included a picture of the biggest crack. The others are narrower but in the same type of pattern.