When your basement wall cracks it is a sign of one of several problems:
- Soil expansion/contraction
- Inadequate foundation design
- Improper curing
One of the dangers of a structural crack is the effect that it has on the reinforcing bar. The reinforcing bar represents one of the main structural values of the foundation. Cracks become a huge problem in your home, allowing moisture, minerals, contaminants and pests to infiltrate your home. Without being properly cared for, wall cracks can eventually cause structural failure.
Epoxy injection restores the structural qualities the concrete design intended. In other words under most conditions it makes the concrete as good as new. It creates an impervious seal to air, water, chemicals, debris, and other contaminants.
Epoxy injection resin has two purposes. First, it effectively seals the crack to prevent the damaging moisture entry. Secondly, it welds the structure together, preventing premature deterioration of the reinforcing.
PEP Waterproofing & Foundation Repair’s Chemical Systems can solve your crack repair issues and help you protect one of your biggest investments.
Injecting the wall cracks works by filling the length with a flexible epoxy that will adjust with the shrinking and growing of your concrete. It is a one-time fix. You won't have to worry about the epoxy failing or the wall crack returning. Since it isn't vulnerable to the weather or light, it won't ever rot. Filling the entire crack rather than simply covering it as many foundation repair specialists will can help to prevent further corrosion from water infiltrating the crack.
Prevent future expenses such as:
- Structural failure
- Mold growth and necessary remediation
Call PEP Waterproofing today to help with your foundation cracks.
Types of Basement Wall Cracks
Most foundation cracks appear within the first year after building a home - small cracks after a month, growing larger within the first year as the foundation settles into the disturbed soil, and as the soil expands and contracts with the seasons. These cracks cause a few problems:
- Structural concerns
- Water leaks
If your concrete wall is poured, it will generally form vertical cracks which are from the concrete shrinking as it cures. These cracks are easy to correct with the epoxy injections which we use at PEP. We offer several other solutions as well. Clay soil can expand, pushing on the center of your wall and causing a horizontal crack - often wall anchors are the answer for these types of cracks.
If you would like to know more, please contact PEP Waterproofing.