How Can Water Enter My Basement?

The Crack Wizard gets asked this question quite often.

The answer is, water can only enter a basement one of three ways. One: Through the wall. Two: Up from the floor. Three: Over the top of the foundation.

Every home’s foundation is different, and some homes experience none of these symptoms, while other homes experience all three simultaneously.

Why is this information important to consumers? Because the source of the moisture should determine the proper repair.

For homeowners with cracks and leaks in the wall, the most permanent and cost-effective repair is to have the crack(s) pressure injected with either an epoxy or urethane resin. If your water is coming up from the floor and/or where the floor and wall meet, what you’re experiencing is hydrostatic pressure. Depending on the frequency and severity of the water problem, a sump-pump and/or sub-slab drain tile system may be the answer. But before committing to such an invasive, disruptive, and expensive repair, you may want to check your drainage and grading first. In many cases, addressing improper water run-off is a logical and effective first step to correcting a hydrostatic pressure water problem. And finally, if water is making its way over the top of the foundation, this is also attributed to exterior factors that could be corrected with proper and regular maintenance.

The Crack Wizard sees basement water problems every day.

And if you’re not sure where to start, contact The Crack Wizard for a free, no-obligation consultation.The Crack Wizard says, “For A Crack In Your Wall, Give The Wizard A Call”.

The Crack Wizard is open 7 days a week, 7am-9pm to assist you with your foundation repair needs. Go to www.thecrackwizard.com, or call Toll Free (888)-CRACKWIZARD.

How Do I Know If My Foundation Crack Is A Structural Concern?

This is a commonly asked question by homeowners who may be concerned that their crack is more than ‘just a crack’.

 Adding to the confusion could be the quantity of varying ‘solutions’ homeowners receive from foundation repair contractors.

And while most foundation wall cracks pose no threat to the structural integrity of a foundation, there are definitely foundation problems that warrant extensive, structural repairs.

 The Crack Wizard has twenty-plus years experience in assessing structural symptoms, and can quickly and accurately recommend a means of repair to solve your foundation related problem.

But for homeowners who want to know what they can do themselves, here are a few quick and easy tips that can help ease concerns about whether your foundation problem is minor or more involved:

 One.  Are your doors and windows closing properly?  Regardless of what you’ve read or what you’ve been told, your foundation is probably in adequate shape if you can close your doors and windows without noticing gaps or ‘sticking’.  Two.  If you have foundation wall cracks, rub your hand over the crack(s) to feel for any significant displacement.  Meaning, is one side of the foundation crack higher or lower than the other? Typically, cracks that don’t have noticeable displacement can usually be pressure injected, and may not require structural repairs.  Three.  Do you notice any cracking on the exterior of your foundation?  Homeowners with brick exteriors should not be alarmed by ‘stairstep pattern’ cracks through the mortar joints.  However, if homeowners notice vertical cracks through the actual bricks themselves, that could be a symptom that requires structural attention.

If you do notice symptoms that could be indicative of structural issues, consider contacting a Structural Engineer to objectively evaluate your foundation BEFORE getting bids.

 The Crack Wizard says, “For A Crack In Your Wall, Give The Wizard A Call”.  Call (888) CRACK-WIZARD (1-888-272-2594) or www.thecrackwizard.com.

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.