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Structural / Non-Structural Foundation Cracks | My Foundation Repairs

clock January 14, 2015 05:16 by author
Have foundation cracks? My Foundation Repairs has experienced contractors that could help you determine if your cracks are structural or non-structural.

Structural or Non-Structural - Understand Foundation Cracks

structural or non-structural foundation cracksCracks are a popular topic in the waterproofing industry, and when property owners notice them they could be worrisome. Because they lead to water damage and jeopardize the stability of the foundation, hire a professional to assess your cracks to determine if they are structural or non-structural. However, not all cracks cause structural damage. Some cracks are just a natural sign of aging, but they should never be ignored. Since water follows the path of the least resistance, water can flow through these cracks creating a perfect habitat for mold, mildew and insects. Soil gases such as radon can also enter through cracks, polluting the air in your home.  

If you have concrete foundation cracks, they can  get worse over time. They can start off as non-structural, allowing water to enter through the crack. If left alone, the water eventually deteriorates the inside of the concrete causing cracks to widen. These cracks can easily be fixed by hiring a foundation repair specialist to apply concrete crack injections into the affected concrete. If water seeps through the crack, polyurethane can seal the leak. For moving cracks, a more rigid epoxy material is used to seal the concrete and hold the crack in place. 

At My Foundation Repairs, we can help locate a qualified repair specialist to evaluate cracks in your home.

Know the Difference Between Structural and Non-Structural Cracks

Non-structural Cracks: Non-structural cracks are caused by changes in the moisture content and thermal movement. They can occur anywhere in the foundation wall where there are openings in the wall. Non-structural cracks can also be caused by the following conditions:

Some characteristics of non-structural cracks include:

  • 1 to 2mm wide hairline cracks
  • Cracks at the corners of doors and windows
  • Vertical to diagonal cracks
  • Cracks on plaster
  • Narrow, less than 1/8"

Structural Cracks: Structural cracks are due to poor construction sites, swollen soil, poor soil bearing or overloading. These cracks are usually accompanied by other signs of foundation issues such as sticking doors and windows, slanted doors, sloping floors and cracks in porches.  The common characteristics structural cracks include:

  • Continuous horizontal cracks along walls
  • Vertical cracks that are wider at the top or bottom
  • Stair-step cracks
  • Foundation wall cracks
  • Cracks in beams, foundation slabs
  • Angled cracks that form in the corners of walls with a horizontal crack in the center
  • Cracks wider than 1/8"
  • Cracks extending to the upper levels of the home

Structural Foundation Crack Solutions

To repair non-structural cracks, a foundation repair specialist can use a crack injection method with urethane. It is injected into the crack to permanently seal it and prevent further leaks.

Structural cracks can be repaired by installing carbon fiber strips to damaged walls. Resistance and helical piers can also be used to level sinking and settling foundations. Foundation repair products, made by Earth Contact Products (ECP), are used to ensure professional results.

Contact My Foundation Repairs today so we can locate a knowledgeable foundation repair expert to identify the cause of your cracks. They'll use the most effective repair solution to get your home back to normal again.



Foundation Repair – Foundations & Water

clock August 16, 2009 17:34 by author blogadmin

 

When it comes to structural foundation repairs, the most common damage is due to water. Water or the lack thereof causes many problems, from settling, to bowed basement walls, to cracks and heaving. There are differing ways that water can get affect your foundation.

Steps to Prevention:

Waterproofing your basement is the best way to prevent possible foundation damage due to water. Going through with this action can possibly save you thousands of dollars in foundation repair costs, and maintain the value of your home.

There are many possible causes of water damage to your foundation. The most common cause is the possibility of having soil that has a flat or negative slope. This will cause water to pool and collect against or near your foundation. Another possibility is that the builder of your house did not properly waterproof your foundation, by using damproofing opposed to waterproofing methods.

This is the most dangerous type of damage due to the fact that you cannot easily see the signs of damage. The main cause of these types of damages is also hard to detect, which is why it is very important to contact a plumber as soon as you suspect water getting into your basement area. They will be able to inspect areas you will not be able to see in your home and see if there are any leaks or possible entry points of water.

If the plumber detects any leaks it is very important that you consult with a contractor or engineer for an inspection of possible foundation damage. Catching foundation damage early, before it gets a chance to develop can save you a lot of money and aggravation.

The next most common cause of foundation moisture problems is poor gutters. Blocked or sagging guttering prevents proper drainage of water. This lack of proper drainage causes pooling water around your basement which leads to hydrostatic pressure on the walls. This pressure builds up resulting in potentially catastrophic damage.

As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to protect your home. Ignoring the needs of your house will not only leave you homeless, but it will also cause you to lose all of the hard earned money you used to pay for your home. Maintaining proper drainage will pay huge dividends when it comes to your foundation.

 



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