In 1996, Omar George dreamt of investing along Woodward Avenue. In 2021, Omar fulfilled that dream and purchased two buildings. Unfortunately, flooding in the area caused severe water damage in one of the buildings, and Omar thought his dream was destroyed. After searching for a contractor, a friend suggested Foundation Authority, and in one week, the building was cleaned up and back to normal. Omar is grateful to Foundation Authority for dedicating their time to fixing his dream.
Learn how to stay on top of your foundation issues before they arise. It’s tough to tell when a crack in your foundation is something to worry about, or when you can repair it yourself. After reading this blog article, we hope you will have more knowledge on how to monitor your foundation.
Monitor new cracks for expansion
The best way to check a new crack for expansion is to mark on your foundation with a pencil or sharpie and take note of the distance between the crack. Continue this every month for 8-12 months. If it expands over a ¼ inch, it’s time to call a professional.
Seal all cracks where water can leak in
Cracks are normal in your foundation as it moves over time. If the cracks are larger than 1/8th of an inch then water can leak in. Simply seal the cracks with a concrete compatible caulk and that will do the trick.
Look for bulges in your walls, if there are cracks you need an expert to look at it
A bulge in your wall indicates that clay in your walls has begun to collect moisture and expand, putting pressure on your wall. This is no serious matter as your wall can collapse, causing lots of damage. You can measure to see if there is a bulge by grabbing a level and putting it against the wall to see if it is level. If you notice a bulge, it’s best to have a professional look at it to ensure there are no major safety concerns.
Note all horizontal cracks
Vertical cracks are common as foundations shift and often do not cause issues. Horizontal cracks are often a result of a structural issue and need immediate attention. Structural issues can be fixed with pier pushes, excavation, and more. Call the experts at Foundation Authority when you notice horizontal crack issues.
Call the pro’s for cracks ½ inch or wider
If you find cracks around your home that are wider than ½ of an inch, you need to call an expert ASAP. Cracks ranging from 1/8th to 1/4th of an inch are not so serious, but a ½ an inch crack is a serious concern that needs a professional eye.
If you need more information or need an inspection. Give the foundation experts at Foundation Authority a call at (586) 228-6500.
The winter season is a rough time for your foundation. As the soil gets colder and moves around, your foundation shifts, and water begins to drain through the cracks and gaps in your foundation. This leaking water can lead to pest infestation, dangerous mildew and mold unsafe for pets and family, and water leakage that can damage items in your basement. So, what can be done to prevent this?
Foundation and Crack repair and Basement Waterproofing
Dealing with water damage is no fun. If you want a solution to your problem, contact the experts at Foundation Authority to get the waterproofing and repair services you need to keep your home dry. Foundation Authority’s skilled and knowledgeable technicians install state-of-the-art basement waterproofing systems that permanently stop foundation water leaks. We have helped many homeowners reclaim their basements from water. We offer complete services in basement waterproofing and repair designed to fit your home or business needs.
When you need a dry basement, give us a call at (586) 228-6500. Whether you need a permanent or temporary service, Foundation Authority has the solution for you!
Worried about a crack in your foundation? Message Foundation Authority on Facebook or call us at (586) 228-6500! After contacting our team, one of our experts will quickly travel to your property to inspect your issue.
We know how dangerous water can be and the damage it can cause, with this being said we want to send our support and condolences to the families affected by hurricane Ida.