Wall Cracks

Cracks in Walls

Leaks and damp can cause damage to your basement, home, and foundations. Cracks in the foundation walls are a sure sign that there is some sort of structural damage occurring, or that water is finding its way into your walls. Direct Waterproofing provide professional foundation repair and basement waterproofing to help keep your home safe, dry, and comfortable.

A crack in the wall can be a warning sign that some water damage is occurring, or it can be a sign of some other structural problem. It can be quite a shock to find a large crack, but even small cracks and gaps should be treated before the problem becomes any worse.

Keeping an eye out for the signs of leaky basements can help you to tackle the issue early.

What To Look Out For?

Cracks in your foundation walls come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Sometimes they will be really obvious, as is the case with very large cracks, but you should also pay attention to smaller details too. Small wall fissures can appear – they look like spider web hairline cracks, and are an early sign. You may also see horizontal cracks, vertical cracks, and stair-shaped cracks.

There may or may not be water damage visible when you see a crack in the wall. If the crack is caused by water damage, then it is likely that a leak will come through at some point, and there may be damp around the wall, which would imply that water is trapped inside, causing more damage.

Wall cracks

Foundation cracks can be a sign of not only water damage, but also structural damage as well. For that reason it is always worth seeking professional help, even if the crack only appears small at the moment.

Why Does This Happen?

There are a few different reasons why cracks can appear in your foundation walls. When a building is new, foundations can settle over time, and this can cause strain on the foundations. Vertical cracks are usually caused by settling.

The foundations can also shift under the weight of the building as the soil moves underneath them, causing a similar effect and potential structural damage. This effect can be worsened if the building was poorly constructed.

Leaks and damp can also be a problem. If water pools against the outside of your home due to a lack of decent drainage or waterproofing, or hydrostatic pressure builds up from water and soil, then water will eventually find its way into the walls. When it becomes trapped in the walls, it will begin to try to find its way out, and create cracks and gaps in the walls in the process.

What Solutions Are Available?

Direct Waterproofing have highly effective solutions available in order to repair your foundations, and make sure there are no cracks left in your walls for water to enter your home. We can fix cracks using:

  • Sealant for very small gaps and cracks, which waterproofs and repairs the gap.
  • Hydraulic cement for larger cracks, which fully seals and provides stability and structure.
  • Epoxy resin injection, in which we fill the concrete with a waterproof sealant from top to bottom.

It is also important to tackle the root cause of the problem if possible. If the damage was caused by settling, then nothing more will need to be done. If the crack came about because of a leak or pooled water, then we can locate the point of entry, and equip your home with proper drainage and highly advanced waterproofing solutions in order to make sure your walls never sustain water damage again.

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