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Common Home Foundation Problems & Solutions
Foundation repair is a significant issue that needs expert help. Neglecting it or trying DIY fixes can worsen the problem and raise your repair costs. Our solutions can fix your foundation and remove your worries permanently.
Causes of Foundation Failure
You may have noticed cracks along the walls or floors in your basement. These cracks can range from hairline to larger more defined openings depending on the amount of Hydrostatic Pressure (water pressure) being exuded around the outside of your home’s foundation. You may also have noticed moisture or dampness on the floor or walls after a heavy or saturating rain.
Cracks manifest in a variety of shapes, sizes and directions. For example, you may see step-cracks, vertical cracks, or horizontal cracks along the foundation walls. It is important to note that cracks such as this do not usually appear naturally. Settling, hydrostatic pressure, tree root intrusion, nearby construction and age are also causes.
Four Stages of Foundation Cracking
Cracks typically start as a hairline crack from the outside showing no noticeable signs on the inside to start.
Cracks work their way about halfway through the wall, just inside the hollows and mortar joints of a block wall and midway through a poured concrete wall. During this stage signs of water, mold/mildew, peeling paint, white powder, warped paneling, musty odor may appear.
The actual crack will now be visible from the inside. Make no mistake, there is now an open pathway from inside the house to the outside. At this point, immediate action should be taken. With wall cracks you may or may not see; water or dampness.
At this point the crack is at its advanced stage. You may notice water, mud, insects and even foundation movement, such as corners shifting/cracking, floor buckling or bowing walls. In this stage there is serious structural damage and immediate action must be taken.
Take the first step towards a dry and secure basement by contacting us today for a professional assessment! Our team is ready to provide you with reliable solutions that will keep your basement watertight for years to come.
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Did You Know?
If your home remains wet or damp for just two days in a row, mold, bacteria and viruses can begin to grow, putting you and your family at risk of inhaling toxic air that can ultimately lead to illnesses.