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FOUNDATION CRACK REPAIR
If your home hasa basement, chances are you have a crack in the foundation, and water will eventually leak through. Even if an existing crack has not yet leaked, over time, the likelihood that water will permeate the crack increases thanks to the combined effect of movement, drying, shrinkage, and other stresses. Although a crack might seem minor or small, it can grow much larger and cause water to leak inside.
Area Wide Waterproofing has repaired thousands of basement cracks over the years with 100% success. Our skilled technicians can fix cracks permanently using epoxy sealer and polyurethane foam repair materials from inside your house. This saves time and the expense of outside excavation. Crack injection has been used successfully to repair foundation cracks for many years.
Avoid Superficial Repairs
Many homeowners may be tempted to use caulk or hydraulic cement to patch concrete cracks. Caulk is superficial and will allow water to continue seeping behind the patch material resulting in effervescence. Eventually, the caulk will peel off exposing an enlarged crack due to freezing and erosion. Hydraulic cement does not bond well also leading to effervescence. Eventually, the water seepage will dislodge the cement plug.
Cracks in a poured concrete foundation which are diagonal or vertical and which are generally uniform in width, are usually shrinkage cracks and should not be ongoing nor of structural significance, though they may invite water entry through the wall.
Area Wide Waterproofing offers a lifetime warranty for the injection repairs because we are confident in our field techninians and the manufacturer's dedication to improving the materials and techniques offered.
Injection products create a win-win situation for Area Wide Waterproofing and you the homeowner. We can reliably fix a crack while saving you thousands of dollars for more extensive repair work and avoiding the inconvenience of excavat.
Poured concrete shrinkage cracks is due to conditions at original construction, poor mix, rapid curing, or other conditions. Shrinkage cracks are less likely to require structural monitoring and repair in poured concrete as they would be expected to continue after initial curing.
Concrete block foundation walls shrink as they cure. They rarely expand much on exposure to moisture and temperature variations. In concrete block walls, shrinkage cracks are likely to be uniform in width and usually occur towards the center of a concrete masonry unit (CMU) wall. The wall is stronger at the building corners.
Brick walls do not normally shrink, but rather, grow indefinitely. Bricks are not often used for below-grade foundations but were often used above-grade supporting the first floor of older buildings, and of course entire buildings may be constructed using structural brick walls (look for the bond courses). Cracks and especially bulged cracked brick walls need immediate expert investigation.
Stone foundation walls do not normally crack through individual stones, but the interlaced stone layout of the wall may be bulged and cracked due to damage from frost, loading from driving vehicles near the wall, or by the removal of stones to pass piping or make doorways. As with other cases of foundation movement, a diagnosis of the cause, amount of movement, and effects on structure are needed to decide what repair may be needed.
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