It is likely that you’d be dealing with foundation repair on your basement as your home settles and ages. Normally, the first step in getting this thing done is by evaluating the cause as well as severity of damage. You have to fix the root cause of the damage first before proceeding on fixing the damage it has caused. After you have fixed the source, you can now repair the foundation either on your own or by employing a contractor that specializes in foundation repair especially if it’s a serious issue. There are a lot of things that can lead to basement foundation repair and these may be any of the three.
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. And then, they are put together using mortar. Sooner or later, it’ll breakdown which causes older walls to sag and begin to leak. In case that an old stone or brick basement walls are structurally sound, foundation repair should be an easy fix.
You have to chip out old mortar and replace it using tuck pointing trowel. In case that the walls are sag, you may need to either replace it or join it in a foundation of concrete. Both processes have to be done by a licensed contractor to do repairs.
Number 2. Repair – this one can be one of two things, it’s a cause or sign of damage to basement foundation. Say for example that there’s water in basement, you should observe for cracks in the walls. If you’ve seen cracks, they have to be repaired. This is true especially in colder climates and the reason for such could be freezing and thawing that has cause serious damage to the foundation. You can also repair small cracks by using a kit which includes sealer.
For bigger cracks, there’s a kit that you can buy in the market but, it’s recommended that you contact a contractor who is specializing in doing basement walls foundation repairs. It’s due to the reason that large cracks can mean a possible structural damage to the foundation’s load bearing pieces.
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. You must re-grade the earth in order to prevent water from seeping into the foundation. In less serious cases, you can just re-apply the sealant.