Concrete Foundation Wall Cracks and How to Repair Them

Foundation Crack

Poured foundation foundations are one of the most common and durable types of foundations used to support buildings. They are used because they are durable, easy to construct and take less time to build than a masonry foundation wall. While a poured concrete foundation is very strong and durable, it can have many issues as well. The most common issue is with cracks that can leak water into a crawlspace or basement.

These cracks can occur due to conditions when the concrete is poured, soil conditions around the foundation as well the shape of the foundation itself. Typical foundation cracks, under 1/8” in thickness are expected, considered normal and not a major cause for structural repair. They can, however, be a source for water intrusion into the basement or crawlspace and should be fixed, whether actively leaking or not. It is our experience that an existing foundation crack will eventually leak at some point.

Diagnosing foundation cracks is pretty straightforward. In the case of an unfinished basement or crawlspace, they are easily seen because the foundation wall is exposed. In the case of a finished basement, cracks can be identified by finding the first point of entry into the basement and looking at the exterior of the building. Foundation cracks are predictable in that they almost always follow a relatively vertical path from the bottom of the foundation wall to the top and can be seen from the exterior where the foundation wall is visible above grade.

How to Repair Concrete Foundation Wall Cracks

If the basement or crawlspace foundation walls are accessible, a urethane crack injection is the preferred method of repair due to its high success rate and relatively low cost. Another advantage of the urethane material is that is expands to fill the entire crack, effectively stopping the water on the exterior of the building. Urethane crack repairs, once cured, remain slightly flexible as well so seasonal movement of the foundation wall caused by expanding soil conditions and frost do not compromise the repair.

If the basement space is finished, an exterior option may be preferred if you do not want to cut open the wall to expose the crack or if mechanical equipment like furnaces and water heaters are in the way. There are two typical options for exterior crack repair, a waterproof membrane or a sodium bentonite clay application. Both work exceptionally well, which one is best for you situation depends on a few factors.

If cracks are bad enough, foundation repairs may be needed. Underpinning helps to close and prevent future cracks, as well. If your home is also experiencing problems like sloping floors or sticking windows or doors, foundation repairs will help get rid of those too. No matter what, we’ll help you figure out which repairs are best for you, your budget, and your home!

Our staff, with their years of experience, can help determine which crack repair method is right for your situation. If you think you have a foundation crack, contact Midwest Waterproofing for a free consultation.

Get Foundation Crack Repairs from a Team of Professionals

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Finding a crack in your foundation may not seem like a huge problem, especially since they can be so common. If you live in an older home, you definitely have seen them before. Filling them with caulking may seem like an easy and quick solution, it does not fix the root of the problem. Caulking can help keep water and pests out of your home, but cracks will continue to get worse because the root of the problem is foundation sinking and settling. The only way to get true foundation crack repairs is by taking care of the foundation problems first!

What Types of Homes Are Most Likely to Get Foundation Cracks?

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Older homes, homes that do not have proper drainage, or homes that are built on poorly compacted soil are most likely to deal with foundation problems, but all homes and businesses are at risk. On top of foundation cracks, you may encounter leaks, water damage, wood rot, mold and mildew, sloping floors, sticking doors and windows, and more! The only way to truly get rid of these issues is with foundation repairs using underpinning products such as helical piers and steel push piers. This process will secure your home’s foundation by driving piers deep into load bearing soil and using those piers to lift and stabilize your foundation.

If you are in need of foundation crack repair, contact us here at Midwest Waterproofing! We offer foundation repair services and use underpinning products from a top quality manufacturer, Earth Contact Products (ECP), so you can be sure you are getting the best repairs possible. Repairs from Midwest Waterproofing will last you and your home a lifetime so that your family can feel safe and secure in your home without having to worry about foundation problems. Contact us today to set up an inspection and estimate or to learn more about our services and what we offer!

 

Spring Home Foundation Repair

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The winter is slowly on its way out and spring is on its way. Thank goodness, right? Snow and ice is beginning to melt, the sun is finally returning, and the grass and trees are becoming green again. When the snow and ice disappear, it may reveal new problems or remind you of old problems that you have not had the chance to get repaired. Now is the best time to do a quick inspection of your home and look for signs of foundation issues. Not sure what to look for? Here’s a list of common problems that may be an indicator of deeper foundation problems or water damage:

  • home foundation repairSticking doors or windows
  • Uneven or sloping floors
  • Cracks around the foundation
  • Bowing or leaning walls
  • Leaning chimney
  • Uneven or sinking stairs
  • Basement leaks
  • Mold and mildew
  • Wood rot
  • Water in the yard

Found one or more of these issues around your home or business? You may be in need of foundation repairs or waterproofing. If you are in the Southeast Wisconsin or Northeast Illinois area, you do not need to worry. We here at Midwest Waterproofing have your back. We provide top quality services with the highest quality products from Earth Contact Products (ECP). You won’t need to worry about your foundation for years to come.

Midwest Waterproofing: Your Home Foundation Repair Contractors

We provide both residential and commercial foundation repair services and waterproofing. Give us a call today. We will set up an inspection and provide you with an estimate so you know exactly what is wrong and what it will take to fix it. Worried about the cost? We also have financing options. We want to help you make sure your home is safe and secure for you and your family.

Spring is one of the best times to call us for your home foundation repair project. The weather gets sunnier and it is much easier for us to complete projects. Don’t put off repairs! Unfortunately, these foundation issues won’t fix themselves and will only get worse–and more expensive–with time. Contact us today to schedule your free inspection and estimate.

The Solution for Unsightly Crack Repairs

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A frequent comment I hear from clients is the way crack repairs look after completion. They see the smeared on epoxy bonder with unsightly injection ports leave the repair looking messy. We see it too! While the products we use offer a Lifetime Warranty and we know they work, I agree that the final product is often less that attractive for crack repairs. This can also cause concern for potential home buyers who see this as a foundation issue and not a simple crack that was repaired and the lifetime warrantee transfers to them. That’s where we step in.

 

 

 

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                                               Seal and Peel

Midwest Waterproofing has a solution for crack repairs. It’s a removable top coat that holds the product being injected in the crack but can be removed along with the injection ports within a few days. Ground smooth with the surface of the foundation, when painted, the crack repairs virtually disappears.

Being small, flexible and experienced, we address any homeowners concern. We create a unique solution that meets all your criteria and concerns. The big waterproofers only offer solutions to fit their profit model. Going the extra step is what makes Midwest Waterproofing the ONLY choice. Contact us at 815-245-6890 or Book Online

Frost Heave and Bowing Walls

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The snow and ice is piling up outside, and it’s only a matter of time before our homes start to experience problems from this. Winter can be cold and unbearable for us, but it can also wreak havoc on our homes. Frost heave is one phenomena that works with the freeze and thaw cycles and can damage your home. Learn a little bit more about frost heave, how it’s caused, and how it can be resolved. Protect your foundation from frost heave this winter!

What is Frost Heave?

A common winter occurrence in the Midwest is that of frost heave. Frost heave is when water penetrates the top layers of soil and saturates it. The resulting effect is heavy, weighed down soil that can begin to push against your foundation. However, the real trouble starts when the water freezes. The soil is now pushing up against the foundation in a new place. When the soil finally unfreezes, it causes the foundation to come back to its original position. This can cause stress on the foundation which leads to cracks in the foundation and the walls. It can also cause some other signs.

Other Common Signs of Frost Heave Damagefrost heave

If you are experiencing damage from frost heave, you may see that you have cracks in your walls or your foundation. However, you may also notice that there are uneven or sloping floors. This is due to the foundation being pushed up unevenly. Additionally, you may see sticking doors or windows that are caused by the same thing. The door frame or window frame is pushed up and the door or window won’t close or open properly and gets “stuck.” These are all common signs of frost heave, but they can also be common signs of other foundation problems like settlement. If you normally haven’t noticed these symptoms, but after a big frost or freeze you do, it’s likely due to frost heave.

Cracked Walls Can Lead to Bowing Walls

When you get cracked walls and foundation, these can eventually lead to bowing walls. This is especially true when the soil outside is still saturated with water after the previous freeze and continues to push against the foundation. Horizontal cracks and a slight bowing can also indicate this. When the bowing is less than two inches, carbon fiber can be used to repair the bowing walls. Carbon fiber strips are installed inside (so no damage to your yard, and able to be installed at all times of the year). They correct and stabilize bowing walls. Plus, they can be painted over and look almost invisible afterwards. Carbon fiber is a great solution to bowing walls in most cases.

Bowing Walls Due to Frost Heave?

If you see bowing walls in your home, whether you are sure they’re from frost heave or not, it’s time to give Midwest Waterproofing a call. We offer homeowners a free estimate, and we can talk through any questions you may have as well. Contact us today for more information about possible solutions for your foundation and waterproofing problems.