Home Foundation Recommendations For Repair And Patching Damage

Posted on: 22 January 2021

The foundation of your home strongly contributes to your home's structure and provides protection from moisture problems and outside damage. It is important that you keep an eye on your home's foundation and watch for cracking, settling, and moisture leaking inside your home. Here are some recommendations to help you watch out for and maintain your home's foundation when damage occurs.

Recognize Signs of Damage 

As your home's foundation settles, the concrete that makes up the foundation slab and footers is going to settle as well and, as a result, it is going to form some cracking as it ages. Many forms of cracking will appear on your home foundation, including horizontal and lateral cracks, along with diagonal and sunken sections. However, not all cracks are a sign of serious problems, but it is a good idea for you to understand the difference between structural and cosmetic cracks and how you can repair them.

Look out for some signs in foundation cracks that indicate the crack is structural and needs to be repaired to avoid damage to your home. If you see horizontal cracks spanning across a length of the foundation's wall, this is a sign of structural problems. If a crack starts to widen at one end when the other end stays narrow, or if any part of the crack begins to grow wider than one-half inch in width, you should definitely contact a structural engineer and foundation repair specialist to repair your home's foundation damage. A situation of serious damage can cause your home to become unstable and actually become unlevel. 

Make the Appropriate Repairs

Cracks in your foundation will usually allow moisture to come into your home along with the potential for radon and insects, regardless if they are structural or not, so you should repair them even if you determine them to be non-structural cracks. There are many products and systems you can use to repair your foundation cracking. You can also hire a foundation professional to repair the cracks even if it is to keep out moisture or insects. 

One way to repair your cracks and seal them up against moisture and insect problems is to inject an epoxy sealer down through the crack. An epoxy sealer will fill the crack and seal your basement from the outside and it will remain pliable and flexible when your concrete expands and contracts during different seasons and temperatures. You can also use a concrete patching compound that you apply onto the crack's surface and help adhere with a concrete bonding agent. For more information, contact a foundation repair contractor.