Foundation cracks are usually less than one-eighths of an inch wide, and run either diagonally or vertically from the top of your foundation wall to the bottom. They are usually caused by stress, settling or shrinkage when the foundation is poured. As well, they are the most common source of seepage in poured concrete. All cracks go all the way through the wall, which is why water can enter your home.
Finding the crack in your foundation can be fairly simple if you home is unfinished; if not, our basement adviser will inspect the exterior of your home and locate the crack if the top of the wall is exposed above ground level. Most cracks are not a structural concern, but there are a few things to look for those that are. The first hint is size – any crack that will cause structural issues will be wider than one-eighths of an inch, and will also run horizontally or stair step into the mortar of the above grade brickwork. The basement advisor will also look for other signs such as a buckled/bowed foundation wall, sinking foundation, as well as upstairs doors and windows that stick or do not close easily.
Ontario Wet Basement Solutions’ experts can repair your foundation cracks either from the interior or exterior of your home, whichever we feel would work the best. We will first coat the crack with hydraulic cement to seal it, and then cover it with a membrane through the floor. This is a double repair, ensuring that no water, ever, will enter your home through that crack. We are so sure of this – we provide a lifetime warranty, which is transferable with the home.
If you have a foundation cracks in your home, give us a call. We serve Toronto, Barrie, Collingwood, Newmarket, Wasaga Beach, Midland, Huntsville and all Ontario areas from London and to Sudbury and North Bay.