The short answer is yes, you can fix your own foundation crack. The real question, however, is will it be done right? Foundation crack DIYs can be tricky. There are questions that must be addressed before a repair can begin, and there are conditions to be aware of when doing the repair. We’re going to run through some of these so that whether you choose to call a professional or do it yourself, you will feel confident it is the right choice.
To be candid, foundation cracks are inevitable. We know that’s not what you were hoping to read, but the truth is there are many things that are beyond our control that put pressure on a foundation’s integrity. What is within our control are the preventative measures we take to prevent a minor hairline crack from turning into a major financial problem. There is an ancient Chinese proverb that states, “Every battle is won before it is fought.” Knowing the most common causes of foundation cracks is a great start to preventing major foundation damage.
A bowed wall is a sight that makes any homeowner’s stomach drop. The causes are plentiful. Your basement could have improper drainage, your yard could host a large amount of hydrostatic pressure. We’ve even come across a house recently where nearby tree roots were trying to push their way through the foundation. Yikes.
What if we told you there was a simple to install, inexpensive, and fast way to repair your bowed wall permanently? Gone are the days of using bulky, expensive, steel I-beams. Say hello to the world of Carbon Fibre.
We’re a water basement treatment company, so we’ve seen how improper drainage can cause major damage to your home’s foundation — it ain’t pretty. For you and I, water equals life. For your home’s foundation, water equals a slow, painful death. Every heavy rainstorm that hits, every winter that thaws, and every excitable gardener who overwaters their plants poses a threat unless you have the proper water removal systems in place. If not, then let us explain to you why it might be a good idea to implement some.
Foundation cracks are going to appear in your basement, and they are normal. The type of crack you have however could be a problem. Almost every single home that has a buried concrete foundation will develop cracks in the walls or floor slab. Properly identifying the cracks and repairing properly is key.