Why is it Important to Repair Foundation Cracks?

Is your basement wet or leaky? Water if your basement can lead to major headaches and major structural problems for you and your home. Water in your basement can make your home the source of health problems for you and your family. Attending to these problems when they are first noticed can help avoid major problems down the road!

Problems caused by not addressing foundation cracks:

• Crack Enlarges due to neglect (water enters crack and freezes, making the crack wider each cycle)
• Radon (can cause lung cancer, stomach cancer, fatigue, headaches, allergies, and rashes)
• Mold (can cause many health problems to list a few: nasal stuffiness, shortness of breath, loss of urinary control, diminished mental capabilities, asthma complications)
• Insects (carpenter ants, termites, infestation, wood decay)
• Humidity (which could lead to decay of wood and other material stored in basement)
• ODOR (uncomfortable conditions caused by decaying organic material from the soils on the exterior

Foundation Cracks

 

Wet Basements Cause Mold Growth

Persistent moisture invariably leads to mold growth. All mold needs to flourish is a water source, so when there are damp spots or standing water in your basement, you’re practically guaranteed to end up with a mold problem. Mold means more than just a musty odor or unsightly staining–it can be a serious health risk for you and your family. From allergic reactions to toxic infection and even death, mold can create major health problems. But the solution is simple: cut off the water source and remove any existing mold. Dry basements are not conducive to mold growth, so once your wet basement problems are solved, the mold can’t come back.

Some helpful Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to foundation crack repairs:

Don’t… try to repair your own foundation. Some people find cracks in their basement walls and immediately attempt their own concrete crack injection. Even on the off chance that they do this procedure right, what are the odds that they correctly diagnosed the problem? Sometimes cracks in walls signify a much more serious problem that can’t be fixed by a simple injection.

Do… hire an experienced foundation repair contractor.  Hire a contractor who’s “been there, done that.” They can correctly diagnose your problem, find the source, and fix it quickly.

Don’t… pick the first contractor you find. Do your homework to ensure the best contractor for the job.  The last thing you want is someone to do an inadequate job on your foundation.

Do… carefully research a wide array of contractors before you choose one. You have a whole wealth of knowledge available at your fingertips with the internet.

Don’t… choose a contractor based solely on price. Truthfully, you are probably safest paying a middle of the road fee for foundation repair. If you choose the cheapest contractor available, can be dealing with an inexperienced contractor. On the other hand, the highest price you find may not offer the highest quality work.

Do… compare prices along with other factors. Price is not the only piece of the puzzle. Experience is vital when it comes to foundation repair. You also want a contractor who offers a solid warranty.

Don’t… wait to get help. Letting foundation problems linger will only allow them to get worse.

Do… get it fixed as soon as possible. If you fix the problem now, you may find the solution isn’t so bad–or pricey.

Don’t… assume you know the answer. The internet has made nearly everyone an “expert” on many things.  It can assist you with learning what needs to be done. Depend on the professional to do the job correctly.

Do… be open to all suggested solutions. Multiple options exist for foundation repair. Ask the expert what he thinks is the right fit for you.

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