Most Canadian homes will experience cracks in their foundations at one point or another. Although it’s tempting to look at such cracks as simply an unattractive nuisance, they are actually a much bigger problem than that. Whether the problem is caused by shifts in the ground, hydrostatic pressure, soil setting, or other reasons, it’s very important to have foundation cracks fixed immediately. The longer the crack is left to its own devices, the worse it will get. Cracks in the foundation can let groundwater sink into the foundation and into your basement, which can cause mold, mildew, and serious water damage.
If you notice that you have cracks in your foundation, contact a company such as Renco right away. They can repair the crack and prevent further damage from occurring. Depending on the severity and nature of the crack in your foundation, there are several different ways to address the issue:
Pouring additional concrete into the crack
Injecting the crack with an epoxy mixture to seal it and make it watertight
Application of a vinyl board
Waterproofing methods to keep water from seeping in through the crack
Whichever method you choose, it’s important to know that each option has advantages and disadvantages. Some are messier than others, some will require your yard to be dug up, etc. In addition, where you live in Canada could affect the option that is best for you, as well. If you live in one of the drier Prairie Provinces such as Alberta, the right choice will be different for you than if you live in British Columbia, where there is much more annual rainfall. A foundation specialist will be able to recommend the right solution for you based on all of these criteria.
The most important thing when dealing with foundation cracks is to call someone immediately – that’s true. However, rushing to hire the first company you find could lead to disaster. Always ask your trusted friends and family for recommendations before you hire anyone. They are your best source for recommendations because you can be assured you are getting an honest assessment of the company and the work that they do. Be diligent in your search for a reputable company, but don’t put off your search. The longer you wait, the bigger the risk you run of the cracks in your foundation getting worse.
It doesn’t take much for cracks to worsen. When that happens, water can seep into your foundation and into your home, compromising the structural integrity of your home. Water seepage can also cause the growth of mold and mildew, which can adversely affect the health of every member of your family if those spores become airborne. To avoid the potentially devastating effects of water damage in your home, address any cracks in your foundation immediately. And because you may not know where to look for cracks, it’s always a good idea to have a professional come in and do regular inspections to keep on top of any cracks that may form.