Basement Leaks; A Homeowner’s Worst Nightmare

Basement Leaks Happens To Every Homeowner!

We’ve all had that moment when we ventured into the basement only to find wet clothes in the laundry room, a wet carpet in the family room, or even worse, a flood that has ruined our valuable keepsakes in the storage area!  Yes, basement leaks can be a homeowner’s worst nightmare.

It doesn’t matter if your home is old or newly constructed, you’re going to experience foundation cracks sooner or later for a variety of reasons.

How to Repair a Foundation Crack.

There are several products available to the consumer to fix foundation cracks.  However, most of the products tend to be a temporary fix to a much larger issue.   There are several types of foundation cracks and there is a specialized way to deal with every circumstance.  This is why it is important to have an expert evaluate the crack before jumping into any quick foundation repair fixes. Most professional companies that do this will also offer a warranty on the repair work. Wise Cracks not only offers a warranty on their work, it is also transferable to the next owner.

Types of Foundation Cracks and What You Should Know

Shrinkage Foundation Cracks

Shrinkage Foundation Cracks generally happen in newly poured foundation as the concrete shrinks and cures into position.  Normally shrinkage cracks can be found in the centre of the third length of the foundation and they do not extend along the surface.   They do not affect the structural integrity of the building but will cause water seepage.

Horizontal Foundation Cracks

Horizontal cracks is a result of the pressure applied on the exterior foundation wall.  This type of crack is uncommon and sometimes occur because of the poured wall originally being back filled too soon.  This type of crack rarely has any ongoing movement because the only movement would be against gravity.

Settlement Foundation Cracks

Every building shifts into position.  Settlement foundation cracks are in most cases vertical in length and runs completely through the structure.   These are most often caused by structural problems pushing in on the wall due to freeze thaw movement. For example, an outside retaining wall attached to the foundation that is not heated can lift and will cause movement if left uncorrected. We have solution for such situations.

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