Foundation Crack Repair
Foundation Crack Repair
FOUNDATION CRACKS PUT YOUR HOUSE IN JEOPARDY
Homes in the greater Los Angeles area often sit on foundations that are built on soil that is made up of clay. Such clay expands during the rainy seasons and then contracts during the dry seasons. These movements can cause concrete foundations that sit above the soil to buckle and crack. Moreover, other natural forces can also cause foundation damage. For example, water runoff that pools around the home can make a concrete foundation brittle and prone to cracking. Also, the violent shaking of earthquakes – so common in Southern California – only makes a precarious situation worse, with already-brittle foundations easily cracking from strong seismic activity.
IS ONE TYPE OF HOME MORE PRONE TO DAMAGE THAN OTHERS?
Foundation damage is especially common in homes built during the building boom of the 1950s and 60s. At that time, home builders poured unreinforced concrete slabs as thin as two inches over unstable top soil that was not properly compacted. Such early foundations are often found damaged today. Moreover, even foundations built earlier than the 1950s are also susceptible to cracking and damage, as they were often made out of unreinforced concrete or bricks / river rocks, held together with simple mortar.
HOW CAN I EVALUATE THE CONDITION OF MY FOUNDATION?
For most modern homeowners, their home is their most valuable investment. And yet few homeowners know whether or not their home’s foundation is in good condition. While it’s not always easy to tell whether a home’s foundation is damaged, if you can answer “Yes” to any one of the questions below, you should invite a professional to help you investigate the condition of your foundation!
If you have experienced any one of the above issues, that could mean that your foundation is experiencing serious structural problems and needs an inspection and potentially a repair.
ARE FOUNDATION CRACK REPAIRS EXPENSIVE?
Many foundation cracks can be repaired easily if the damage is not too extreme. A basic crack repair typically involves filling the crack with epoxy that solidifies and connects the two separated concrete portions together. In other cases, metal straps can be used to bind the two concrete portions to one another. If the cracking is very extensive, the entire foundation may need to be replaced, which is a project that may take a few days to accomplished. One thing is certain: if your home has a damaged foundation, your early repairs of minor damage are always going to be quicker and cheaper than waiting for the damage to become more severe. Taking care of foundation damage is a safety matter, as in some cases, for example during a strong earthquake, a cracked foundation can fall apart, causing the home above to slide off its concrete slab!
WHO CAN HELP ME EVALUATE MY FOUNDATION?
Weinstein Construction’s foundation experts can determine exactly where the cracks are, how they developed over time, and what mitigation activities are necessary. Call Weinstein Construction’s experienced, licensed professionals and ask for a free, no-obligation inspection of your foundation. If your foundation is damaged in any way, Weinstein Construction has a solution to fit every budget and at the end of the day, knowing your foundation is well-maintained will allow you to sleep better at night, knowing your home is as safe and secure as it can be.