Foundation Crack Repair
Finishing your basement is a big decision and costs a significant amount of money. To find out that you have a leak in the foundation can be a costly discovery. There are a number of ways that moisture can enter into your basement from the outside but can be fixed with the proper foundation repair technique. These can include:
- Cracks in the foundation walls
- Rod holes (also known as tie holes)
- Service holes (such as hydro lines, plumbing, etc)
- Honey comb concrete
- Basement windows below grading
- Side door
- “I” beam pocket
Each of these issues have specific repair processes and procedures. Knowledge is power and ultimately cost savings.
While small cracks in poured concrete foundations are common, and usually not a problem in the beginning, even the smallest crack can begin to widen through the freeze-thaw process over time. This allows a path for water to enter into the home. These types of cracks can usually be fixed by using a foundation repair procedure called crack injection. This method fills the cracks with either an epoxy or polyurethane material that provides a permanent seal.
Repairing leaks in concrete block foundations can be more involved since the causes for the cracks can be from different sources. For example a blocked weeping tile could be creating hydrostatic pressure that forces the water through the joints or block. If the problem is just aging of the components, a waterproofing solution is required.
If you are experiencing a wet or leaky basement or would like more information please feel free to contact us. We will fix your leak permanently!
Expert Foundation Repair Contractor
Cracks in a home's foundation is a fact of life, especially in houses with a poured concrete foundation. These are usually small hairline cracks that are caused by the concrete shrinking during drying or thermal movement. These cracks are not initially a cause for concern but over time they can begin to widen and that is when the problems can start allowing a pathway for water to enter the home.
There are many solutions for expert foundation crack repairs that can involve costly and messy excavation around the property. But there is another method that can permanently repair these cracks that does not involve digging. This method is known as low pressure crack injection. This technique is considered reliable, cost effective and in most cases permanent.
Crack injection process involves injecting, at low pressure, either an epoxy or polyurethane material into the basement crack. Whether epoxy or polyurethane is used will depend on the nature of the crack, the wall thickness as well as other factors. Once the injected material is cured the crack is sealed.