What is foundation damage and why is it bad?
If you find that your foundation wall cracks or that you basement walls are bowing, these are signs that your foundation is in need of repair. Often cracks that appear in your basement or foundation wall seem like a small issue that won’t cause too much damage, but over time it can easily grow and become a much larger problem. From allowing moisture into the property to compromising the foundation of the structure, dealing with the issue as soon as possible means that not only will the damage to your property be much less, but it can help you avoid more costly repairs in the future.
How do you determine what needs to be done?
Our team will work to accurately diagnose the cause of your foundation problem, and determine the best course of action to correct your foundation issue. This may require moving furniture and other items nearby, or opening up a wall and removing some insulation. Sometimes this means that a small excavation might need to be done in order to find the source of the problem, but always with the desire to disrupt as little as possible.
What kinds of repair options are there?
This depends on the issue. The first step is to find out the size and type of crack or other issue with the foundation, as exterior crack repair or an interior foundation crack repair will stop any additional moisture penetration so that repairs can take place. If there is a crack in the foundation, whether inside or outside, the most common methods of crack repair are to fill it either with a special epoxy injection, or polyurethane filler injection, and possibly the addition of carbon fiber staples to seal the crack and hold it in place. In the case of broader internal needs like a floor crack repair or if a wall is bowing, then the addition of a wall reinforcing system is implemented to bolster the foundation against what the additional pressure it is under.
How does an epoxy injection work?
Using an epoxy injection is a fairly straightforward process. Our repair specialists will first clear the area surrounding the crack, which can include some insulation and drywall removal. Then the source of any moisture is found and stopped to ensure that the injection can dry properly, followed by the injection of a specialized epoxy. When the injected epoxy has dried sufficiently, the wall can be closed up. Our team member will make sure that you are satisfied with the job and tidy up any mess before they leave.
How does a polyurethane injection work?
Using a polyurethane injection is a fairly straightforward process. Our repair specialists will first clear the area surrounding the crack, which can include some insulation and drywall removal. Then the source of any moisture is found and stopped to ensure that the injection can dry properly, followed by the injection of a specialized polyurethane compound. When the injected compound has dried sufficiently, the wall can be closed up. Our specialist will then make sure that you are completely satisfied with the job and tidy up any mess before they leave.
In some circumstances, the window well needs to be replaced, or a cover needs to be added. These circumstances can also require an excavation down to the weeping tile to make sure that the window well has proper drainage and doesn’t cause new problems down the road.
At Delta Waterproofing, we happily offer free inspections and estimates on repairs for cracked and bowing foundation walls. We’d love to hear from you today! Please see our Contact Us page so you can learn that when it comes to repairing foundations, Delta Waterproofing are the experts! Call us today to schedule a free estimate for you foundation wall repair in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and nearby!
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