Foundation Crack Repair & Waterproofing System

Edmonton, Sherwood Park, St. Albert: 780-430-0959

Prevent Expensive Foundation Crack Repairs

The top priority for any homeowner must be to fix problems related to foundations including cracks that result due to several reasons. By periodically checking for little problems, it is possible to avoid any bigger problem, protect the property value and ensure enhanced home safety.

It is indeed fortunate that foundation problems do not arise all of a sudden and spread quickly. It develops gradually over a period of time giving us ample time to inspect, identify and repair.

If the crack is narrow meaning lesser than ¼ inches in width, it is very easy to repair and restore the structural integrity. This is especially true for cracks that develop due to natural cracking that result from concrete shrinking during the process of curing.

These cracks must be filled immediately if you find them allowing water seepage into the building. Some also opt to seal cracks immediately for cosmetic reasons. Whatever the reason, the traditional method of sealing cracks is to apply epoxy putty or paintable silicone caulk.

If the cracks, whether vertical or horizontal are wider than 1/4th inch, then you face a serious problem. Expert contractors will be able to help you plug these cracks.

Basic Foundation Repair Facts
Foundation repairs, as we know, occur mostly due to accumulation of water around the foundation in the soil. Presence of water results in soil expansion, which in turn applies more pressure on the foundation footings and walls due to which cracks begin to appear.

The first step in identifying the problem is to check and see if the downspout drains and gutters and in excellent working condition. Check to see of the grading of soil around the foundation is proper. For instance, every ten horizontal feet, the soil must slope at least six inches.

In most for foundations, you will find water from the sub-surface is drained away from the foundation with the help of a perimeter drain system. This drain system, which is buried in the gravel bed, is made of either perforated plastic pipe or concrete tiles. The drain system is connected to the sewer system or drains externally.

If this drain is blocked, then it may result in water accumulation in the soil around the building resulting in increased pressure on the foundation walls. In order to identify any block in the perimeter drain system, it is necessary to seek a foundation contractor who is an expert and has the necessary licenses.

Periodical checks can prevent major expenses in future. For instance if you discover simple cracks and use a DIY foundation repair kit to repair it instantly, you can prevent it from widening and allowing water seepage into the building causing major problems. On a regular basis therefore, be sure to check for straightness of foundation wall by sighting it down, repair minor cracks with foundation crack injections and check for proper grading of soil.