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The Importance of Foundation Crack Repair

The Importance of Foundation Crack Repair

Due to their rigidity, foundations have a tendency to crack over time.

Minor cracks are often not a cause for major concern; however, major cracks should be tended to as soon as possible. Major cracks indicate signs of considerable movement and may influence the structural soundness of a building.

Although minor cracks are not as foreboding as major ones, if your foundation has a large number of small cracks, or any major cracks more than ¼ inch wide, see to it that your foundation is examined by a structural or civil engineer. An engineer will help assess the extent of the damage caused by the crack, as well as identify its source. Thereafter, it may be necessary to contact a geotechnical engineer (if the damage is extensive) who will help offer solutions for foundation crack repair.

Avoiding damage before it’s too late

A crack in the foundation will tend to grow over time and will, ultimately, result in water leakage. Foundation cracks can also negatively influence the value of your home. Foundation crack repair is, therefore, an important process that needs to be undertaken before too much damage has been caused.

When you need a structural engineer

Cracks that require the attention of a structural engineer include cracks that wrap around a corner, cracks that extend all the way from the floor of the basement to the top of the foundation wall, or that run lengthways with the wall below leaning into the basement. The aforementioned cracks indicate the movement of the soil supporting the wall and require immediate attention.

Get professional help

If your foundation has any major causes for concern, it is important to hire an experienced foundation company so that your foundation is properly assessed and repaired. Repair of serious foundation cracks is costly and often involves the skilled use of various building techniques. In cases where the foundation has been severely damaged, support may need to be provided from piers.

It is possible to do a DIY foundation crack repair on minor cracks, but make sure to do extensive research. As concrete is subject to shrinkage and expansion, when repairing cracks, it is important to use a material that will allow for some movement.  It is possible to buy epoxy injection kits but you have to be careful as you can easily exacerbate an already bad situation. A contractor has the experience and tools necessary to fix foundation cracks once and for all.

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Different types of foundation problems will deteriorate at different rates. For example, problems related to water infiltration and hydrostatic pressure can lead to rapid deterioration, while problems related to tree roots may take longer to cause significant damage. Understanding the type of foundation problem you are dealing with is essential for determining how quickly repairs are needed.

The severity of the foundation problem will also impact how quickly it deteriorates. Minor cracks or bowing in the walls may take longer to worsen than more significant structural damage. However, it is important to note that even minor issues repair cracks can quickly turn into major problems if left untreated.

Climate and weather conditions can also impact the deterioration of foundation problems. For example, areas with high levels of rainfall or heavy snowfall may experience more rapid deterioration due to water infiltration and freeze-thaw cycles. Similarly, areas with high levels of soil moisture may experience more rapid deterioration due to the effects of hydrostatic pressure.

The type and condition of the soil surrounding the foundation can also impact the deterioration of foundation problems. For example, expansive soils can lead to significant movement and cracking of foundation walls, while poorly compacted soil can lead to settling and sinking of wall surface of the foundation.

The level of maintenance and repair work performed on the foundation can also impact its deterioration. Regular inspections and maintenance can help to identify and address problems before they worsen, while timely repairs can prevent minor issues from turning into major structural damage.

The age of the foundation can also impact its deterioration. Older homes and foundations may be more prone to damage due to wear and tear over time. Similarly, foundations that were not constructed to modern standards may be more susceptible to damage.