Cincinnati’s Best Choice for Crack Repairs
If you see large foundation cracks, you may need to have foundation repair service. Certainly homeowners love how a concrete basement provides a safe, clean and dry area to store possessions or expand a home’s living space.
But what they don’t love is how concrete cracks. Because cracks in a basement wall can let in water or signify that there is a structural problem with the foundation. Therefore injecting a basement wall crack repair with epoxy will stop any water leaks. So when that’s required, call contractors at Dry Effect. Because experts like us serve the tri-state and deal with these issues often. Above all it’s important to learn the common causes of foundation cracks before you have repair service. As a result excessive moisture, expansive clay soils and slab leaks can all harm your foundation and create a variety of problems.
The Reality: All Concrete Cracks
First, the basics. All concrete basement walls crack. It’s very common for concrete to develop cracks, scaling, crazing and pitting. Because all concrete has the tendency to crack, and it’s not possible to produce completely crack-free concrete. Concrete expands and shrinks with changes in moisture and temperature. Consequently this shrinkage places stress on the concrete and to relieve that stress, the concrete cracks. The cracks will develop soon after the foundation is cast in place. The vast majority of cracks are not a sign of a structural defect with the foundation.
Structural Cracks in Concrete Basement Walls
While it is difficult to determine by looking at a basement wall crack if it is in fact a structural problem, there are a few rules to help guide you. Foundation cracks that run sideways (horizontally) are the most serious type of crack to look out for, as they can signal serious damage to your home’s foundation and structural integrity. As a result if the crack is over ½” wide there is a chance that it is a structural crack. Horizontal cracks are almost always a structural problem. Cracks that run on a severe diagonal. Especially those that start at an inside corner are usually a structural issue. In contrast diagonal cracks that start at the corner of a window or where the foundation “steps down”. And are under ½” most likely are not a structural issue.
If you are not sure if a crack is structural in nature. An engineer can be hired for a few hundred dollars to determine it for you. The engineer may use a crack stress gauge to help in determining if it is.
Signs of a structural crack
- >1/2″ in width
- The crack is horizontal
- The crack runs on a severe diagonal
Solving the Issue: Crack Repairs
An epoxy injection uses a two-part resin that when mixed becomes a very rigid, high strength material with tenacious bond to clean concrete surfaces. The epoxy is generally packaged in two parts that are mixed prior to application. The two parts consist of 1) an epoxy resin which is cross-linked with 2) a co-reactant or hardener. Epoxy injections are formulated based upon the performance requirements for the end product. When properly catalyzed and applied, epoxies produce a hard, chemical and solvent resistant finish. Cleaning of cracks is mandatory.
Some additional consideration for every application:
- Inspect concrete integrity, surface temperature, moisture and crack contamination. Epoxy injection resins will not cure properly when introduced into the presence of water inside or weeping of moisture out of crack.
- Identify and solve the cause of the crack
- Mechanically roughen length of concrete surface on each side of the crack to ensure epoxy paste bond.
Additional Services Offered:
- Commercial and Residential Mold Remediation
- Commercial and Residential Water Damage Restoration
- Carpet Water Extraction
- Flood Cleanup
- Specialized drying methods
- Air Duct & Dryer Vent Cleaning
- Odor Control
- Emergency Board-up
- Fire/ Smoke Damage