There are a number of reasons why cracks will form in your concrete foundation. It all goes back to the common saying in the industry: There are two guarantees with concrete, it will harden and it will crack.
At StayDry Waterproofing, we strive to provide residents of Michigan, Northern Ohio, and Northern Indiana with the highest quality waterproofing services. We understand how common water damage and flooding can occur in this area. We also understand how devastating these effects can be on your home.
Causes of Hairline Concrete Cracks
As mentioned before, hairline concrete wall cracks are nearly unavoidable. This means the odds of your foundation needing crack injection repair is incredibly high.
There are a number of reasons your concrete walls could form hairline cracks. Some are avoidable, however, many are bound to happen at some point or another. Some of the common causes of hairline cracks in concrete walls and foundations are:
- Shrinkage: When concrete dries and loses some of its moisture content, it will naturally shrink, causing the solid foundation to develop hairline cracks.
- Thermal Contraction: Concrete expands and contracts as the temperature changes. This can cause cracks to form in the foundation.
- Settlement: Foundation settlement can be caused by a variety of factors. Regardless, it can result in cracks varying in size from hairline fractures to more severe cracking and flaking.
Dangers of Hairline Concrete Wall Cracks
While concrete is guaranteed to crack, it is still important to get your hairline foundation cracks filled. Without crack injection repair, these hairline cracks may develop into more severe sizes. Over time, this can result in foundational issues that will require more invasive, and often expensive, repairs.
Typically, concrete wall cracks smaller than ⅛ of an inch are nothing serious to worry about. However, what starts as a small problem can quickly become a more serious one. Once cracks reach ¼ of an inch in width, your foundation is put at even greater risk. A number of external factors can cause these hairline cracks to grow quickly.
For example, the dangers of hairline cracks in your home’s foundation are increased when exposed to water. Since our area is prone to flooding, this means your home could be put at even greater risk. One solution to this problem is to have a waterproofing system installed in your home’s basement to prevent any further water damage and to ensure all cracks are repaired immediately.
The StayDry Crack Injection Method
Here at StayDry Waterproofing, we don’t cut corners when it comes to our crack injection services. While many competitors utilize a low-pressure crack injection system, we go a step further to ensure your home’s safety.
By using our high-pressure crack injection method, the entirety of the foundational crack is filled. This will keep any water from entering the home via the crack, protecting the structural integrity of your home’s foundation and your personal belongings from excessive water damage.
You can contact a StayDry hero here to get your free estimate, or give us a call at 800.782.9379 today!