Repair Foundation Cracks Before They Seriously Damage Your Home
By Matt Gallo
Cracks in your foundation are much more than simply an aesthetic issue. Whether they’ve been caused by hydrostatic pressure, soil setting, or routine shrinkage, these fissures need to be fixed immediately. The longer the breaks persist the more likely it is that your foundation will develop structural damage. Water may also seep (or gush!) into your basement through the crack, creating the possibility of mold growth, water damage, and additional structural problems!
If you have a crack, fissure, break, fracture, crevice, or other void in your foundation, it’s time to repair the damage (and preclude additional injury to your basement, foundation, and house). Depending on the nature and severity of your foundation problems, there are a number of solutions:
* Poured concrete
* Injected epoxy
* Vinyl board
* Crystalline waterproofing agents
One innovative solution is the A-1 Foundation Crack Repair method. This state-of-the-art technique was initially developed from a US Army Corps of Engineers’ dam repair process: holes are drilled into the crack at 45 degree angles along both sides and a closed cell polymer resin is sprayed into the holes. Appropriate for both structural and nonstructural repairs, this process completely seals the crack with a dynamic material able to expand and contract as needed, ensuring a long-lasting repair.
Regardless of which foundation repair method you select, it’s important to keep in mind that each has distinct advantages and disadvantages. Some create more mess than others; some require excavation around your foundation, etc. Also, you’ll want to keep in mind climate issues: if you live in an area with extreme seasonal temperatures, your foundation is constantly expanding and contracting. Any basement repair technique you choose will also need to be dynamic–able to fluctuate along with the foundation. If the material used to make the foundation crack repair is not able to expand and contract, the patch won’t hold and you’ll be back where you started!
To learn more about what repair methods are best for the Buffalo and western New York area and your house, check out our Foundation Services page. You’ll be more informed, and more able to accept recommendations regarding the ideal solution for your foundation problems. Don’t forget, you need to fix basement leaks and foundation cracks immediately, so don’t wait. Call your foundation specialist today!
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