Seeing cracks in the homes foundation is among the biggest concerns for every homeowner. Small and minor cracks aren’t alarming. Important cracks need to be checked immediately. It is important to prevent them from spreading and that will prevent serious damage to the structure of your home. Water may seep through these fractures causing problems like a wet cellar, mold/mildew and weakening of foundation walls.
The foundation supports the entire home and it is very important to make sure that it remains sound and healthy. Cracks will not simply make it look awful, but also can lead to high repair costs, if ignored. Check your base walls for any cracks which require repair. Repairing the cracks before they grow big will be easier and cheaper. Here are some ways to perform base crack repairs:
Inspect- Cracks can happen for a number of reasons. To repair cracks and address the actual reason for cracks to grow, you’ll need to carefully inspect your house’s foundation. Typically, you will able to detect the origin of the cracks. The most typical reason for these cracks to grow is because of the settling of the soil. Another frequent cause is the development of excess moisture around the foundation. If the crack is small, you can easily fix it using DIY methods. However, if the crack is very big, call in a professional!
After this, rinse the crack with water using a garden hose and then dry the area using a towel.
Repairing Thin Cracks- You will find many patching compounds available on the market, which you may apply with a paintbrush. You can also patch the crack using a cement mix. Pack the mixture firmly into the crack and level it with a finishing trowel. After about one hour, go over the surface in circular motion with a float or a trowel. This will help it in blending with the surrounding surface.
Repairing Larger Cracks- these may be repaired using Polyurethane, silicone or latex concrete caulk. They can also be filled using hydraulic cement. But, it’s always a good idea to get the support of a specialist.
Sealing the Walls- When the crack is filled and dried, apply waterproof sealant into the base walls.