Foundation cracks occur during the curing process of the poured foundation and settlement along with movement in the earth. Some newer homes have water leaking in the basement as result of these cracks in foundations. It is because OBC only requires a simple tar coating and dimple membrane to be applied to the foundation wall.
Damp Basement Walls
Once the tar dry’s up a couple years later, water is able to seep into any new or existing foundation cracks. This also applies to older homes but some of the added pressures are due to age, frost, and shifting. Our northern climate reeks havoc on our best investment.
When a property owner first encounters a crack in a foundation wall they usually don’t have any idea how to deal with it. In our experience many wait too long before they attempt to resolve the issue. When foundation issues are dealt with in the early stages of decline it can usually be repaired with an easier and cheaper solution compared to those who wait and allow the deterioration to continue. Ignoring foundation cracks and issues will be a costly mistake. Early prevention is the key to maintaining the value in your home.
Benji Dittrich Construction has the tools and experience to help you with foundation issue and wet basement issues. We investigate the site and offer information that will help you decide how to solve your specific foundation problems. No two foundation problems are the same and each requires a custom solution from experienced foundation professionals to solve the issues.
The foundation of a building is the main support of the building; if it fails eventually your support structure will all fail causing serious structural problems in a chain reaction.
By the time you’ve begun to notice bowing or buckling in your basement walls, there’s a good chance that this situation has been present for a long time. Bowing walls occur most often due to the force of hydrostatic pressure.
Soil Pressure on Foundation Walls
Hydrostatic pressure occurs when water presses against the basement walls, causing the weight against the walls to exceed their capacity. Walls can also bow and fail when expansive clays or frost cause expansion of the soils to fatigue and damage the wall.
Cracking, bowing, and buckling foundations are indicators of a serious problem for a homeowner. These problems should always be taken seriously and repaired as soon as possible.
Ask us about our Foundation Report. It is information you need.
Cracked drywall can be a sign of a more serious problem. Shifting foundations move homes and can cause cracks in drywall. Some cracks are a normal part of a home settling process but some cracks are a sign of serious issues with a homes foundation.
Hire a professional who knows what they are looking at. A proper diagnosis is important so the foundation problem can be repair as quickly as possible before the damage gets worse.
You discover a crack in your basement wall; “OMG”, is your reaction!
Don’t Panic………….Call Benji Dittrich Construction……We will help solve the problem.
There are a few things you need to know about basement wall cracks. Basement walls can crack for a variety of reasons. Some cracks need to be taken more seriously than others.
Most cracks occur over time and sometimes go unnoticed for years until a water leak is discovered. Basement wall cracks can change with the seasons, depending on the climate. Water and soil can be a serious threat to the foundation. Seasonal variations like “Freeze & Thaw” can cause basement walls to crack. Pressure from soil, poor drainage, combined with water and climate variations can damage basement walls causing basements to crack.
Maintenance around your building can help to avoid situations. Things like; grading soil so water is shedding away from the house will help. Make sure down spouts are in working condition, not split or blocked. Downspouts should have extensions to properly send water away from house.
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Common Causes of Foundation Cracks
But once the basement is cracked then it needs to be repairs as soon as it is noticed. The crack can be minor or major crack. A minor crack can be repaired and save the home owner from more sever future damage and save money in the long run. Once the crack becomes more severe the repair become more intensive and the cost will increase. Fixing the cracks as soon as possible is the best line of (and cheapest) defense.
Masonry grout (Core Fill) is a cement product that fills voids in foundations. Masonry grout is made from cement, fine aggregates, and enough water to be fluid. The foundation is prepped by drilling holes that will be filled with grout and re-bar. This adds needed strength and support to foundation walls.
Bowing Wall From Soil Pressure
If a crack or bowing wall is repaired using only the parging method and/or core fill (core fill provides strength; not waterproofing) and no waterproofing then there is no guarantee the repair will last. In all likelihood if the foundation is not waterproofed or poor (soil) drainage exists; then the foundation damage will happen again. To fix the problem from re-occurring; waterproofing, drainage and soil pressure must be addressed and corrected, or the foundation problem will persist
Differentiating between a minor and a major crack can be difficult to figure out. If you are concerned about a crack developing in your basement wall, contact us and we can take a look and provide you with advice.