It’s not uncommon to take a closer look at your basement walls only to find hairline cracks spreading across them like red veins in a bloodshot eye ball. And it’s also not too terribly uncommon to freak out and lose your cool when you see them. It’s scary, right? After all, you may think you’re entire foundation is going to come crashing down around you. And how much will that cost to repair?
Relax. More than likely, the problem is minimal and it’s an easy fix via the preferred waterproofing method of millions of contractors: basement crack injection.
You May Not Need Foundation Repair
Good news for you…often those cracks aren’t really a result of underlying foundation problems. More often than not, they are simply caused by normal, everyday settling. Now that doesn’t mean you don’t need to have them checked out. It just means you shouldn’t lose your cool, because the problem is probably not as serious as you think. And the fix is likely less involved and far less costly.
You see, the only problem these sorts of cracks present (barring deeper issues) is that water can seep through them. Should that be the case, all you need to do is contact a professional who can come in and inject them with a professional grade polyurethane solution. This solution will fill and stop the cracks, making sure all water stays outside and that they cease their incessant spreading.
It’s Not Caulk
Now before you leap and click your heels in celebration, make sure you understand this. You can’t run down to the local hardware store, grab a tube of caulk, and start filling your cracks. There is more to it than that. You need a professional to come in and handle the job for you. Why? Well, first of all you need to make sure that basement crack injection is the right solution for your individual issue.
Secondly, you need to make sure you get a commercial grade epoxy to seal up the cracks. If you try to caulk them, simply put-it won’t work. Yeah, maybe for a few days or even weeks, but count on those cracks to keep spreading and for the water to keep seeping. You need a pro to come in and set things up properly. They’ll seal off the cracks, insert ports, and inject them with a high grade epoxy solution. Only then can you be sure that the cracks will be over and done with.
Is This a Permanent Solution?
You betcha! Well, assuming that you enlist a company that offers a lifetime warranty, that is. See, while basement crack injection should last forever, sometimes it doesn’t due to a host of variables (most often these have to do with the technician that performed the injection). However, you can eliminate these variables by choosing a company that offers a lifetime warranty. That way, should something go wrong, you are covered and the company will come back out and redo the job, free of charge!