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As homes age, the foundations can sometimes begin to crack and sometimes become less stable. In many cases, cracks in your home’s foundation may not be a very big deal. However, there are some cases in which a crack in the foundation will need to be repaired. Cracks that are larger than 1/16 of an inch will need to be repaired immediately to prevent any further damage.
As mentioned above, not all cracks in a home’s foundation are a sign of trouble. In fact, it is not uncommon for small cracks to develop in a sturdy foundation. If the crack in the foundation is deep enough, however, it could result in crumbling of the concrete foundation. Typically, if the cracks have developed at a 45-degree angle and are thicker than a hairline fracture, the foundation may be in danger. Damaged foundations can also cause doors and windows to stick or remain shut due to the structural integrity of the house being compromised.
Large cracks in the foundation can cause a home’s basement to become damp or even flood. If left unrepaired, the water could further damage the foundation by weakening the concrete and support structure. When the foundation of a home is damaged to this extent it could lead to the buckling of the foundation walls or even, in rare circumstances, the collapse of the home itself.
If water damage accumulates enough and the basement becomes damp, mold can begin to form. Mold can be incredibly hazardous to your health, especially your respiratory system, and children and seniors are in increased danger. In addition to potential health hazards, mold can also do a great deal of damage to furniture, clothing, and food supplies.
Even if your foundation has cracks with no sign of water damage, the foundation may still have structural problems. Damaged foundations can lead to other problems in the home. If the cracks are not repaired, the concrete can begin to fracture and crumble around the affected area, which will lead to more costly repairs.
Another problem that many homeowners find themselves in from a cracked foundation is pest invasions. Termites, for example, are able to squeeze through incredibly small cracks and can cause damage to the interior of your walls, floors, and ceiling. Since these pests eat away at plant material, the wood inside your walls become a prime target for termites. The risk of pest invasions is increased if there has been water damage and decay to the wooden supports in the home.
The best way to repair a crack in a home’s foundation is for StayDry to inject polyurethane to fill the crack. This will prevent water from entering the home and will help preserve the structural integrity of the home’s foundation. Additionally, the injection method for repairing a foundation is much cheaper than many of the more extensive repairs that might be needed if the foundation becomes even more damaged.
If your home is in need of foundation repair, or any of the other services we offer, you can contact us here or call us at 800.782.9379.