It is likely that you’d be dealing with foundation repair on your basement as your home settles and ages. As a matter of fact, the initial step in doing this sort of task starts with the assessment of severity and cause. 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 many different causes for basement foundation repair and these could be any of the following:
Number 1. Aging – this is the most common cause of issues with the foundation. In older homes, what used to build the basement walls are stones or bricks. Mortar is used in putting together the bricks and stone. After some time, it’s going to breakdown that will make the older walls to sag. Doing foundation repair can be done easily in case that the stone or brick basement walls have retained its structural integrity.
You should chip out the old mortar and use a tuck pointing trowel as replacement. 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 can be a cause or sign of damage to your basement foundation. Say for example that there’s water in basement, you should observe for cracks in the walls. Cracks have to be repaired ASAP if ever you’ve seen one. 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 may repair small cracks by making use of a kit that includes a 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. The reason for this is that, these big cracks could be an indication that the load bearing pieces of your foundation is compromised.
Number 3. Seepage – this could happen as a result of waterproof coating that wasn’t applied correctly onto the exterior walls of basement or if the coating worn off and has to be reapplied. 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. Reapply the sealant to the walls or in less serious cases, applying waterproof paint on interior walls will be enough.