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Examples of cracks in residential cement foundations which can be successfully repaired. Reach out for more insight if you even need a repair to your concrete work.
Leaks and Cracks:
If you notice a crack or leak in your concrete, there are a few things to know. We can offer a free estimate and evaluate the severity of the problem to help answer any questions you have. Not all cracks mean a major repair is in order. In fact, often times concrete will crack in the first year after it is poured. The reason a crack forms is concrete shrinkage of the settling of the foundation. Concrete shrinkage is just part of the curing process and these cracks are usually less than a 1/16th of an inch thick. Larger cracks in your foundation may be the cause of something irregular and we can help you get to the bottom of that. At the foundation settles a crack may expand in length, not necessarily in diameter. This is when leaking could occur. Water can leak into the basement through the cracks in your foundation but there are ways to prevent that. Since thin fissures in concrete are common, a waterproofing system may be a good idea to have in place. These act like a protective membrane which will withstand the crack and prevent your basement from getting wet. This is a common issue homeowners face and if you have questions or concerns, feel free to call and we can offer advice. Be aware, a crack does not mean a major bill is heading your way. But it should be monitored and depending on the age of your foundation it could change. The best way to avoid leaks in your foundation is to have it done right from the start. That happens to be our speciality - making sure customers get great value and a quality finished product. Whether you are considering breaking ground on new construction, an addition, rehab or other project to improve the value and function of your home; we’re here to help.
A Word on Waterproofing:
A few things to consider; What do you want from your basement? What type of water table are your building on? How does your lot drain? Some of these questions you may not be able to answer and that is ok, we’ll be able to help with that.
The 2 most common methods used are damproofing and waterproofing. Damproofing is a less expensive alternative which uses a spray on additive such as liquid asphalt. In our opinion is is not less expensive, it is cheaper. We say this because of the downstream costs which can be incurred from choosing damproofing over waterproofing. This method can lead to issues such as water seepage and mold growth. Your basement foundation walls are there, in part, to protect the belongings within. Even if you don’t plan on finishing your basement, waterproofing may be a better choice. If you ever decide to sell your home, issues like leaks, mold or water in your basement can turn off potential buyers. Your belongs desire to stay dry in your basement and if you ever turn it into the man cave of your dreams you’ll be happy you went with waterproofing over the alternatives.
If you have more questions, call us today for a free quote and conversation. We know concrete, and we’re here to help you have a strong foundation.
Waterproofing and Cracks:
Another benefit of using waterproofing is its ability to handle foundation cracks. As we mentioned, cracks in concrete are common and waterproofing had enough elasticity to expand with a fissure without allowing moisture to leak through. Its durability and resiliency in tough climates as well as over time make it a superior solution to keep your basement and belongs dry.
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