Basement cracks are common in almost every household. It just makes your basement gloomy and depressing. These cracks are responsible for letting water into your basement. As a result, specific moisture problems can arise in your basement. These problems decrease the value of your house and impose health threats on you and your family members.
Basement cracks are the cracks present on the floor or the walls of your basement. These cracks are the prime reason for all the moisture problems residing in your basement. Water seeps in through these cracks and makes your basement prone to mould, dampness, or mildew. There are several types of basement foundation cracks.
The three primary causes of basement foundation wall cracks are:
If there are cracks in your basement’s foundation, it will allow the water inside your basement. As a result, your basement will develop moisture problems like mould, mildew, dampness, etc. These moisture problems make the environment very unhealthy and can be detrimental to you and your family. Moisture problems also impose health risks, like – coughing, wheezing, skin irritation, etc. People with mould allergies experience the most severe symptoms. Moisture problems impose severe health risks on people having asthma or some other underlying lung conditions. When you repair your basement foundation cracks, all the water is routed back outside, thereby making your basement problem-free. When your basement is free of these sorts of problems, you can use it as a living space or in any way you please. Having a fully functional basement automatically adds value to your property, i.e., if you want to sell it in the future, you won’t have any problems. You can set the price of your house at your desired amount. So, if you spot any cracks in your basement foundation, don’t delay and immediately seek professional help. If you wait, these cracks will widen and worsen, thereby increasing the risk factors.
There are several ways of repairing basement foundation cracks, depending on the type of cracks and the cause of those cracks. Our experts at Flood Tech are efficient in determining the kind of cracks and repairing methods it demands.
Crack Injection: A flexible epoxy or polyurethane resin is injected into the crack to fill and seal it. This method can be used for both small and large cracks.
Carbon Fiber Stitching: Carbon fiber strips are applied to the crack to provide additional strength and stability to the concrete.
Steel Reinforcement: Steel bars or mesh may be used to reinforce the concrete and prevent further cracking.
Concrete Cutting: The concrete is cut and removed, and a new section of concrete is installed to replace the damaged area.
Mudjacking: Concrete slurry is injected under the settling concrete to lift and level it. This method can be used for settling foundations.
Piering: Concrete piers are installed deep into the ground to support the settling foundation and prevent further settling.
The appropriate technique for a specific crack repair job depends on the size and location of the crack, as well as the cause of the cracking.
The most important thing that you need to keep in mind is that only fixing the foundation cracks won’t do you any good because they might crack again. Once our experts repair the cracks, they can offer you the basement drainage service. In this, we will install an effective drainage system in your basement that will prevent water from entering your basement. These drainage systems are very effective. If some water manages to get inside your basement, these drainage systems can reroute them back outside and somewhere far away from your foundation.
Epoxy and polyurethane are two common materials used for concrete crack repair. The process is as follows:
Cleaning: The crack is thoroughly cleaned to remove any dirt, dust, or debris.
Preparing the surface: The surface around the crack is roughened to ensure better adhesion.
Injection: The epoxy or polyurethane resin is injected into the crack using a pressure injection system. The material flows into the crack, filling and sealing it.
Curing: The injected material is left to cure and harden, typically for several hours.
Finishing: The surface around the crack may be smoothed or sanded to blend in with the surrounding concrete.
Epoxy is a strong and durable material that is ideal for repairing smaller, non-moving cracks. Polyurethane is a flexible material that can accommodate movement, making it suitable for larger or active cracks. The choice of material depends on the specific needs of each repair job.
Foundation cracks can be caused by settling, soil expansion, and freeze-thaw cycles.
Foundation cracks can be repaired using crack injection, a process where a flexible epoxy resin is injected into the crack to fill and seal it.
Yes, crack injection is a permanent solution that can effectively repair and stabilize foundation cracks.
Both the inside and outside of the building can be repaired using crack injection, depending on the location and severity of the crack.
The cost of foundation crack repair varies depending on the size and location of the crack, as well as the repair method used. Contact us for a free estimate.
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