Crack Repair Services For Your Milwaukee Home’s Foundation
Everdry Waterproofing provides professional foundation crack repair services throughout Milwaukee DMA and the surrounding areas. Foundation cracks can be a sign of a serious structural problem. Even a hairline crack can mean trouble. At the very least, a foundation crack is a path of least resistance for water and dangerous soil gases to enter your basement. Water in the basement will create a place for mold and mildew to grow, which can cause numerous health problems for you and your family. Soil gases can also enter your home through concrete cracks and pollute your indoor air. Call our expert team today if you think you might have a crack in your home’s foundation that needs repair.
What Are Foundation Cracks?
Foundation cracks are cracks in the concrete foundation of your home. These cracks can occur for various reasons, including unstable soils, poor drainage, and settling. Cracks may indicate serious structural problems, while others may be of little significance.
The Difference Between Structural & Nonstructural Cracks
To determine if a crack is a structural or nonstructural crack, it is best to have a professional foundation repair contractor from Everdry Waterproofing inspect your basement. Generally, structural cracks are horizontal and wider than three millimeters, whereas nonstructural cracks are smaller and vertical. Structural cracks should be immediately addressed. Nonstructural cracks should be monitored and repaired at your earliest convenience so that they do not get worse over time.
How Do Foundation Cracks Occur?
Concrete naturally cracks as it expands and contracts with the freeze and thaw cycles, which is why most concrete walls and floors are built with control joints, a straight line for the concrete to crack. The problems start when the crack lets water into your basement. Even control joints can leak if they are not properly filled with flexible urethane.
What Causes Structural Cracks In A Home’s Foundation?
Structural cracks are usually caused by settlement or hydrostatic pressure pushing and moving the foundation. Structural cracks need to be injected with a rigid epoxy to prevent the crack from moving. Drainage and exterior waterproofing systems can help relieve the hydrostatic pressure build-up. Underpinning systems may be needed if settlement is the cause.
The Signs Of Structural Cracks In Your Home’s Foundation
Numerous signs may indicate you have a structural crack in the foundation of your home. These signs include, but are not limited to, the following:
Cracks extending to the upper level of your house
Cracks in the walls on the upstairs level of your house
Cracks in the ceilings on the upstairs level of your house
Slanted door frames and floors
Sticking doors and windows
Sunken porches and sidewalks
Home Foundation Crack Removal Services
Cracks may start small, but they can threaten the foundational structure of your home. Severe structural issues tend to manifest first as hairline cracks. Even if a crack is not indicative of a more significant structural problem, it may make it easier for water and harmful soil gases to enter your basement. All foundation cracks should be fixed. Leaving these problems can negatively impact the structural integrity of your house. Learn more about our foundation and crack repair services by giving us a call today.
Contact Us Today If You Have A Cracked Foundation
From normal foundation cracks to the most severe foundation cracks, we’re the team for the job. For many years, Everdry Waterproofing has provided Milwaukee DMA residents with professional foundation crack repair services. Contact our expert team today to learn more about our services.