As the home starts to age and settle, it is inevitable that you’ll be dealing 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 have to fix the root cause of the damage first before proceeding on fixing the damage it has caused. Now, after you have rectified the problem, you can proceed on repairing the foundation on your own but better yet, hire a professional contractor who does have specialization in foundation repair. There are many causes that need basement foundation repair actually and these can be any of the following:
Number 1. Aging – this is the most common cause of issues with the foundation. Normally in older homes, stones or bricks are used in building the basement walls. Mortar is used in putting together the bricks and stone. 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 have to chip out old mortar and replace it using tuck pointing trowel. You have to replace walls or join it in foundation of concrete if it is already sag. Both processes have to be done by a licensed contractor to do repairs.
Number 2. Repair – this can be a cause or sign of damage to 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. It’s because of the reason that a large crack sometimes indicate that there’s a potential structural damage to the load bearing pieces of the foundation.
Number 3. Seepage – this may be due to the fact that the waterproof coating was applied wrong on the basement exterior walls or in case that the coating has worn off already. To be able to do foundation repair on this issue, you should re-grade the earth to make sure that water will flow away from the basement foundation. You have to re-apply the sealant to walls or in less serious case, apply waterproof paint on the interior walls would be enough.