Foundation Crack Repair
American Foundation & Basement Repairs, LLC is here to provide you with foundation crack repair services. The characteristics of the foundation cracks will determine the most effective manner of foundation wall crack repair or waterproofing which is needed to repair the problem. Possible options include things like underpinning, crack injection, wall plate anchors, helical tiebacks, drainage along with gutter or downspout repairs. We provide the our entire range of solutions to the Knoxville, Chattanooga, Asheville, Johnson City, and Cookeville areas. Most of the time, water is generally held accountable for these structural problem - i.e. after a foundation has settled, cracks will open and water will locate a way into the living space. A deficiency of water is usually the reason for structural issues which don't get noticed until the wet season arrives and water starts breaking through the foundation.
Different Causes Of Foundation Cracks
When it comes to foundation cracks, there are many things that can cause them. Because of this, we offer a variety of solutions to take care of the initial cause of the problem. The cracks can appear inside or outside of your home, and they can be vertical, horizontal, or in a stair-step pattern. Water pressure, a settling foundation, and weakened soils can all cause interior and exterior cracks to form on your foundation walls and on your basement floor. We will send an experienced tech to your home to evaluate the situation and get the problem resolved quickly, and with affordable, effective solutions.
Weak Soil & Water Pressure
If you have noticed cracks in your basement walls, these could be caused from weak soil and excessive water pressure around your foundation. Whenever it rains, or when there is melting snow, the soil quickly becomes soggy and saturated. The water table around your home rises, and this could put a lot of pressure on your basement walls. Eventually, the force will cause the walls to crack. This is a problem that must be taken care of quickly before the cracking gets worse, and before the openings start to let water seepage inside of your basement environment.
A settling and sinking foundation can also cause your foundation walls to crack inside or outside of the home. Whenever you have weak soils around your home, gaps and voids can develop beneath it. When this happens, the home will start to sink into the holes on one or more sides. The foundation becomes unstable and weak. Cracks start to form on walls, and you may notice a variety of other problems around your home such as "stuck" windows and doors, the chimney may be tilting or pulling away from the home, or you may even notice cracks in your garage floor or in your driveway.
Hydrostatic pressure can cause cracks to form in your basement floor. When there is moisture in the soil from rain or snow, the earth expands and the water table rises. When this happens, it puts an extreme amount of force on your basement floor. This may eventually cause it to crack. The cracks can be short or long, deep or narrow. Regardless of how minor or severe they look to you, they need to be taken care of before moisture starts to seep inside and ruin whatever you may have stored here under your home.
Methods For Crack Repair
When it comes to crack repair for the above mentioned problems, we will first send a tech to your home to figure out what caused the crack to start with. Once we have this figured out, we will be able to come up with a plan of action for getting the situation taken care of. For issues involving settlement, we can install foundation piers. Piering is a proven and effective way to stabilize and strengthen a foundation in weak souls. We can also install slab piers for cracks that show up in the basement floor. Again, these piers help to strengthen the floor and prevent additional cracking. We can also make use of shotcrete materials to fill in the cracks so that they don't let moisture inside.
Please call American Foundation & Basement Repair at 877-784-5636 today for more information about our crack repair services. We look forward to helping you soon! It's important to take care of your wall cracks before they get worse and grow larger. The larger the wall crack is, the greater the chances are of it being an entrance way for water seepage. This water seepage can get inside your home and cause you to have leaky basement walls and floors. Avoid this problem altogether by having your wall cracks taken care of as soon as possible. So, call us now to set up an appointment for foundation wall repair!