Concrete is made of cement, gravel and water. When the water starts to evaporate, the remaining ingredients then harden into a solid slab of concrete. Unfortunately, this portion of the process can cause the concrete to shrink a little bit, and this results in hairline cracks in the slab. While this kind of crack doesn't threaten the structural integrity of the house, it does provide an opening for groundwater, insects and even radon gas to pass through.
To know if you need assistance, take notice of the direction of the crack. If you have a horizontal structural crack, then it isn't anything to worry about. If you see vertical cracks, or cracks that look like a staircase, they indicate a far more serious problem and you may require structural crack repairs.
What's The Size?
If it's a hairline crack, these aren't very serious and can be easily repaired. Even if the magnitude isn't as severe (i.e. bulging or slanting), it's worth being repaired, as having smaller cracks repaired early can prevent bigger problems and cracks in the future.
Most horizontal cracks happen with frost damage. Freezing temperatures can actually cause the concrete to shrink. It can also be caused from an excess of pressure on the foundation from wet soil. The most important thing to note is that if you see a bulging crack, this could mean that the home is slowly sliding off of its footing and needs to be taken care of immediately.
Please do remember that if you see large, recurring cracks or bulging walls inside your home, don't try to fix these conditions! Instead, call a professional so that he or she can handle it. That's where we come in!
When basement walls bow or structures crack, the best way to repair it is with carbon fiber reinforcement technology. Carbon fiber sheets are used for reinforcing structures that have already been in place, but cannot be easily repaired. Carbon fiber reinforcement will strengthen and stabilize the existing structure and its load tolerance. This method has been tested on many different projects and has proven success in reinforcing existing concrete and structures, and fixing bowed basement walls, time and time again.
When it comes to repairing buckling, bowing or cracked walls, carbon fiber reinforcement is the only solution you need to make the walls stronger. When carbon fiber reinforcement is applied to bowing basement foundation walls, it counteracts the pressure put on the wall and increases the wall's pressure and tension resistance. With an increase in pressure on the wall, carbon fiber reinforcement will place an equal opposite force to strengthen the wall. Furthermore, if you leave your bowing or buckling walls as they are, the walls could collapse from the amount of pressure.
If your basement walls or property structure has cracked or been compromised in any way, or your walls are buckling, carbon fiber reinforcement is the best solution. This method can compete with any other and still provide more sheer strength and reliability than any other method. The carbon fiber reinforcement will not only provide strength, but it will also stabilize your walls and structures. Today, this is the preferred method by professional structural repair technicians like us at EcoSpect.
At EcoSpect, we also fix leaking cracks in your basement and we have warrantied solutions specifically designed to repair each type of leak in your basement or foundation.
EcoSpect is the leading structural crack repair company in Rochester NY. Our team has been fixing basement wall cracks for many years, so we definitely know our stuff. We put all of our inspectors and installers through rigorous training, and only use our own full time employees on projects, unlike many of our competitors who often rely on sub contracting to others.
We also stand by our work by offering 5 and 15 year transferable written warranties on most of our repairs. We can also help out with leaky basement cracks, crawl spaces and vapor barriers. If you have any more questions, feel free to check out our contact EcoSpect page for more details.
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