Many households today simply ignore cracks on concrete. But, cracks in the foundation and walls can cause many problems like leakage, mildew patches, growth of mold and a weakened structure.
The cause of these cracks could be shrinkage, thermal flows and moisture seepage. If left unattended, these cracks will widen and give you major problems in the structural stability of your home. These damages will also reduce the aesthetic appeal of your home. If you are going to sell your house, then these cracks will put off potential buyers.
You can actually do concrete repair yourself. The best way to fix the cracks in your home is to use crack repair injections. These work fast, they are not very expensive and your repair work will last for years. Crack repair injections are made of dual cartridges dispensing multi layered materials by a spring enhanced tool or a caulking gun. This gun injects a stream of polyurethane or epoxy at high speed and low pressure.
The size of the cracks that these injections can fill can be from .002 to 1 inch wide. If there are cracks in your walls, ceilings, and basements, you can use these injections to repair them. They can also be used to repair concrete foundations. If there are many cracks that are more than a quarter of an inch in width, then you should use polyurethane foams, while epoxy can be used for milder damages.
There are many reasons why there are cracks in our concrete. If this crack is due to damages in your concrete foundation, then you should seek a professional concrete foundation repair service. And you should seek professional services as soon as you see this problem in your foundation. Delaying this would make the problem more difficult to manage and it can also damage the structural stability of your home.
Your home foundation can be repaired by professional repair services using piering or slab jacking. There are process that consume time and are quite expensive. Before contacting a professional, make sure that the cracks are really posing major problems in your home.
Once you detect cracks in your home, be sure that they are immediately repaired. You will know how serious the problems is by the width of the crack. It is still tolerable if the crack is only .016 in width, when exposed to dry air. But, if it is exposed to moist air, the tolerable limit is .012 inches in width. If you live near the sea, you should not ignore cracks tat are more than .006 inches in width. To be sure, ask a structural engineer to inspect the cracks and then make sure to have your concrete foundation repaired immediately.