Basements are a common multitasking space within many homes. They can either be used as storage or finished and used as living areas. One thing that can ruin any basement is the intrusion of water through cracks in the basement walls. Cracks in the foundation are a common problem homeowners find themselves facing. There are all kinds of do it yourself products at the local hardware store that many turn to and all too often, they are let down. Some jobs are simply best left to the professionals and basement wall crack repair is one of them. It’s also one of those jobs you don’t want to leave unfixed either, as the damage from foundation cracks can severely devalue and otherwise well maintained home.
Basement wall cracks are so common because there are a myriad of ways for them to form. They can form as almost imperceptible, hairline cracks when the foundation is laid if done incorrectly or prematurely loaded. Trees to close to the home can spread their root systems against the foundation, causing cracking. The normal settling of a house can cause stress on the foundation which can crack if the soil around it doesn’t provide adequate support.
Soil or soil conditions often play a large part in the formation of foundation cracking. If the soil is too dry, it can pull away from the foundation, leaving a gap and robbing the foundation walls of support. The opposite is true too. If the soil is heavy with moisture, it may expand against the wall, causing cracking. Improper testing of the soil prior to construction is often to blame in these cases.
There is no question; leaking basement walls will ruin your possessions and possibly your home itself. But stopping the leaking can be very difficult and confusing. Some people just try to pump the water out, once it’s already inside. This is a poor and temporary solution for an unfinished basement and completely prevents you from using the basement as a living space. The solution is to stop the water from getting in at the source. This means sealing the cracks in the walls.
A professional company, such as St. Louis Foundation Repair, can provide you with a permanent solution to your leaking basement by sealing the walls to keep the water out. One of the most common methods these professionals will employ is epoxy injection. This involves forcing an epoxy material into the crack itself under pressure to fill the void left by the crack. The injection is usually done at many points along the crack. As the epoxy sets, it hardens and expands which serves two purposes. It will reinforce the wall in the cracked area helping to prevent further damage and act as a barrier to water from penetrating the wall itself. The epoxy will typically take several days to fully cure, but once it has a permanent fix is in place. After the repair is done, the whole repair area can be patched over, leaving a professional finish to the job.