Cracked Foundation Repair in Akron, Oh
Monitor cracks in your foundation
Understanding the cause of cracks and shifting in your foundation can help you avoid further damage that can lead to expensive repairs down the road. The professionals at Garrett Basement Waterproofing are always available to answer questions or inspect your basement and foundation, so you rest assured your basement is dry and your foundation stable.
If you notice a crack in your foundation, or your basement floor or walls, there are steps you can take to protect your home and your investment.
Record the date that you first noticed the crack and monitor it closely. Take regular notes of the size and direction of the crack, whether it grows and in what direction. Cracks can be caused by shrinkage. These cracks will be wider at the top and taper to smaller at the bottom. But cracks that increase in width or length can be an indicator of movement in your foundation, and should be checked.
Look for and note patterns in the cracks in your foundation. Are they horizontal or vertical? Are they in a stair step pattern between blocks? Do they span corners, or do they start on the wall and continue across the floor? These notes can help our professionals determine if there is structural damage to your foundation.
Do your best to keep records of the material that comprises your basement walls and foundation. Brick walls found in older homes tend to absorb more moisture than the poured concrete used in newer construction. The expansion in bricks due to this absorption can lead to collapse of the wall, so it is important to address cracks quickly. Cracks in poured concrete, on the other hand, may simply indicate settling and may not be cause for concern.
Cracks in your foundation are not necessarily cause for alarm, but they should be inspected by a professional to be sure there is no structural damage. The experts at Garrett Basement Waterproofing will diagnose your problem, determine its cause, and formulate an economical and effective plan to stabilize your home. If you see cracks in your foundation call us today. Estimates are free and your repairs come with our Written Guarantee for Life of Home.