As a home begins to settle and age, it’s inevitable that you might deal with basement foundation repair. Normally, the first step in getting this thing done is by evaluating the cause as well as severity of damage. You have to fix the root cause of the damage first before proceeding on fixing the damage it has caused. After fixing the source, you may now repair the foundation either on your own or by hiring a contractor that is specializing in foundation repair, particularly if it’s a serious issue. There are a lot of things that can lead to basement foundation repair and these may be any of the three.
Number 1. Aging – this is basically one of the most common issues on foundation. In older homes, stones or bricks were used in building basement walls. Mortar is used to be able to put together the bricks and stones. Eventually, it is going to breakdown that can make the older walls to sag and that’s where leaks begin to start. In case that an old stone or brick basement walls are structurally sound, foundation repair should be an easy fix.
You should chip out the old mortar and use a tuck pointing trowel as replacement. You have to replace walls or join it in foundation of concrete if it is already sag. Both processes needs licensed contractor to do the repairs.
Number 2. Repair – this can be a cause or sign of damage to your basement foundation. Say for example that there’s water in basement, you should observe for cracks in the walls. If there are, it has to be repaired. This is true particularly in colder climates and the reason for this is between freezing and thawing that can cause serious damage to the foundation. You can also repair small cracks by using a kit which includes sealer.
For bigger cracks, there will be a kit that can be bought in the market but it is advisable to contact a contractor who has specialization in performing basement walls foundation repairs. It’s due to the reason that large cracks can mean a possible structural damage to the foundation’s load bearing pieces.
Number 3. Seepage – this may happen because the waterproof coating was incorrectly applied on the basement’s exterior walls or if the coating has worn off and needs to be applied again. You must re-grade the earth in order to prevent water from seeping into the foundation. Reapply the sealant to the walls or in less serious cases, applying waterproof paint on interior walls will be enough.