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.
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.
With over 25 years experience providing foundation repair and basement waterproofing services to Ontario, we can restore your home and make any repairs necessary. Not convinced? How does a 25 year warranty sound?
Contact Direct Waterproofing today to find out more, or to arrange a free consultation.
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