As a home begins to settle and age, it’s inevitable that you might deal with basement foundation repair. The truth is, the first step to do this task always starts by assessing the severity and cause of problem. You need to fix the root cause of the problem before you proceed on fixing the actual 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 many causes that need basement foundation repair actually and these can be any of the following:
Number 1. Aging – this is a very common cause on foundation. Normally in older homes, stones or bricks are used in building the basement walls. Mortar is used to be able to put together the bricks and stones. Sooner or later, it’ll breakdown which causes older walls to sag and begin to leak. Doing foundation repair can be done easily in case that the stone or brick basement walls have retained its structural integrity.
You should chip out the old mortar and use a tuck pointing trowel as replacement. Say that the walls are sag, it should be replaced or must be joined in a foundation of concrete. These said processes should be carried out only by licensed contractor.
Number 2. Repair – this could be a sign or cause of damage into your basement foundation. You have to look out for wall cracks in the event that there’s water in basement. Cracks have to be repaired ASAP if ever you’ve seen one. If you are living in colder climates, then your basement’s foundation is more susceptible to this sort of damage due to freezing and thawing. 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. The reason for this is that, these big cracks could be an indication that the load bearing pieces of your foundation is compromised.
Number 3. Seepage – this could happen as a result of waterproof coating that wasn’t applied correctly onto the exterior walls of basement or if the coating worn off and has to be reapplied. 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.