Why Does Concrete Crack?

Concrete consists of cement, sand, gravel and water.  As the water in the slurry evaporates, the remaining ingredients cure in to a hard slab.

This curing process causes the concrete to shrink slightly, resulting in cracked concrete.

 Certainly variances in moisture and/or temperature play a role in the expansion and shrinkage of concrete, and all poured concrete foundations are inherently susceptible to cracking over time.  Whether foundation cracks are caused by the normal curing process or by settlement (albeit normal, minor settlement),

most foundation cracks in poured concrete foundations pose no threat to the structural integrity of the foundation.

 However, foundation wall cracks can allow ground water in to the basement, causing water damage to finished areas and personal property.  Leaking foundation cracks are one of the biggest problems facing homeowners, and they can occur in any home, at any time, regardless of the age of the house.

For homeowners with leaking foundation cracks, the repair options can vary greatly in terms of cost, disruption, and permanency.

 Since most foundation wall cracks can be easily and permanently repaired from inside the basement, The

Crack Wizard recommends pressure-injecting these types of cracks with either an epoxy or urethane resin.

 The Crack Wizard’s pressure-injection repair process is done from inside the home, so it eliminates the need for outside digging or excavation.  And if the source of the water is coming from the crack, the installation of a sump-pump or other type of pressure relief system isn’t necessary.  Plus, The Crack Wizard specializes in repairing cracks that have been previously patched, repaired or injected.  Foundation wall cracks with prior repairs can be permanently waterproofed by The Crack Wizard, with our repairs backed by a ‘Lifetime of the Structure Crack Wizard Warranty’!

The Crack Wizard is open 7 days a week, and can provide free pricing information online at www.thecrackwizard.com, or by calling Toll Free (888)-CRACK WIZARD (1-888-272-2594).

 The Crack Wizard says…”For A Crack In Your Wall, Give The Wizard A Call”.

Should I Fix My Crack If I’m Selling My House?

Should I Fix My Crack If I’m Selling My House? Yes!

If you are planning on selling your home, it is required by law that you disclose any known defects.

Since foundation cracks are one of the most common repair items noticed during the listing process, The Crack Wizard strongly advises having your foundation cracks corrected prior to putting your home on the market.

The Crack Wizard understands the concerns facing both sellers and buyers when it comes to foundation related symptoms, and we can minimize stress and provide peace of mind when it comes to repairing foundation cracks. Because we work closely with many top Realtors and home inspectors, The Crack Wizard knows the significance of providing timely, affordable repairs backed by our Lifetime of the Structure ‘Crack Wizard Warranty’.

The Crack Wizard Lifetime Warranty guarantees our repairs against future leakage for as long as your home is standing.

Plus, The Crack Wizard Warranty Certificate is named by the property address, so the repairs are covered under warranty by whoever is living in the home at any given time. And as an added feature, The Crack Wizard Warranty is transferable at no charge, regardless of changes in ownership. There are never re-inspection or transfer fees with The Crack Wizard. More importantly, by not making the repairs before the house is put on the market, sellers make themselves vulnerable to unnecessary bids that could cost thousands of dollars.

By proactively addressing foundation cracks before a house is put on the market, you will eliminate the risk of buyers and/or inspectors noting symptoms that could disrupt an otherwise smooth transaction.

Finally, for additional savings, ask about our ‘Realtor Discount Program’ if you got our name from your real estate agent. The Crack Wizard says…”For A Crack In Your Wall, Give The Wizard A Call”.

Request an immediate online quote at www.thecrackwizard.com, or call Toll Free (888) CRACK-WIZARD (1-888-272-2594).

Will Repairing A Foundation Crack Cause Other Foundation Cracks To Develop?

No.  When foundation cracks in a poured concrete wall are repaired by The Crack Wizard, any ground water that would make its way through the crack will just migrate in to the earth.

 And while there is logic to the conventional wisdom of “water finding the path of least resistance”, the reality is,  a properly repaired foundation crack will not cause other cracks to develop.

For homeowners with common foundation wall cracks that are not indicative of structural defects, the best repair option is to have the crack pressure-injected with a urethane resin or epoxy resin.

 Once a crack is pressure-injected with an epoxy resin or urethane resin, the  foundation crack becomes impermeable to water penetration.  Ground water that would typically end up on a basement wall or floor will ultimately evaporate in to the ground, as opposed to “creating other cracks”.   One of the common misconceptions about foundation cracks is that they are caused by lateral water pressure against the foundation.

However, most foundation wall cracks are caused by the natural shrinkage and/or settlement (albeit normal settlement) of a poured concrete foundation, and not undue water pressure against the foundation.

 Poured concrete foundations are inherently susceptible to cracking, and treating a foundation crack will NOT cause other cracks to develop.  Finally, many foundation cracks develop in the ‘weak points’ of a basement, such as corners of windows and off the corners of support beams.

These cracks are common, minor and can be permanently and affordably repaired by The Crack Wizard.

 The Crack Wizard’s exclusively formulated sealants and resins provide clean, odorless repairs that are backed by our Lifetime ‘Crack Wizard’ Warranty.

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As The Crack Wizard says, “For A Crack In Your Wall, Give The Wizard A Call”.

 Get an immediate online quote by going to www.thecrackwizard.com, or call us Toll Free at (888) CRACK-WIZARD (1-888-272-2594).

How Much Does It Cost To Repair A Foundation Crack?

The cost to repair a typical foundation crack is between $300-$400.

 Our upfront pricing is based on your answers to a few simple questions, which can be found on our ‘Ask The Wizard’ feature on our home page.

 Instead of complicating the process of pricing foundation cracks, The Crack Wizard makes it easy by providing immediate price quotes to potential clients.

Need a ‘concrete price’ on a foundation crack?

 The Crack Wizard would like the answers to just a few questions:  One, is your foundation wall made of poured concrete?  Two, has your crack ever been patched, repaired or injected before?  Three, approximately how long, in linear feet, is your foundation crack?  And finally, how many cracks need to be repaired? (For homeowners with multiple cracks, the price-per-crack becomes incrementally lower.)

Based on these answers, The Crack Wizard can provide homeowners, Realtors, inspectors and contractors an immediate and accurate repair price.

 And for those customers who are on-the-go, The Crack Wizard can submit your quoted price via email or text message.  Obviously, we always like to assess foundation symptoms in-person, but for those of you who need the information quickly, The Crack Wizard will help.  Further, The Crack Wizard repair work comes with a Lifetime of the Structure ‘Crack Wizard’ Warranty, which is transferable at no charge, regardless of changes in ownership.

It’s not always easy getting a quick and accurate price quote from a foundation repair contractor.

 But with almost 20 years experience, The Crack Wizard takes pride in simplifying the pricing process, removing unnecessary stress and guesswork for homeowners.  Get the peace of mind you need by finding out upfront what your foundation crack repair will cost.

If you have a foundation crack, submit your information online or call us Toll Free at (888) CRACK-WIZARD (1-888-272-2594).

 The Crack Wizard says,  ”For A Crack In Your Wall, Give The Wizard A Call”.

Why Winter Is The Ideal Time To Repair Foundation Cracks

The Crack Wizard repairs foundation cracks year-round.

And winter is the perfect time for homeowners to repair foundation cracks because during the winter months, the ground is dry and foundation cracks typically do not leak.  These are ideal repair conditions for The Crack Wizard, but more importantly, it’s an ideal time for homeowners to make foundation repairs.  Why?

Because you can solve your foundation problem prior to the spring rains.

 Typically, foundation leaks occur with the first sign of heavy, consistent rains in March or April.  Repairing a foundation crack before leaks develop will give homeowners the assurance and peace of mind that their leaking foundation problems are solved before ground water can damage personal belongings and finished areas of a basement.

Also, The Crack Wizard’s exclusively formulated sealants and resins are designed for year-round, indoor residential use.

 Even the coldest of basement walls can be worked on during the winter months with The Crack Wizard’s epoxy-based sealants and resins.  Plus, The Crack Wizard’s use of both epoxy and urethane resins ensure permanent repairs that will withstand even the most extreme variances in moisture and/or temperatures.  If you have a foundation crack that leaks, there’s no reason to wait for it to get worse.

The Crack Wizard provides permanent, affordable foundation repairs that allow homeowners to comfortably and confidently finish their basement.

 Plus, the winter months are when basement storage becomes necessary, so keeping your basement dry will ensure leak-free storage conditions until spring.  Request a free estimate online or call Toll Free (888) CRACK-WIZARD.  The Crack Wizard is open 7 days a week for your convenience, and can even provide clients with an immediate price via phone, text or email.

As The Crack Wizard says, “For A Crack In Your Wall, Give The Wizard A Call”.

 We look forward to assisting you with your foundation repairs this winter.