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.

You Paid Your Tax, Now Fix Your Cracks!

This time of year, many homeowners are awaiting their much-anticipated tax returns.  And with the spring rains right around the corner, now is the perfect time to consider repairing your foundation cracks and basement leaks.

 Sure, there are plenty of fun things you could buy with your tax return, but why not consider fixing those basement leaks now, before they start leaking in the springtime.

The Crack Wizard’s exclusively formulated sealants and resins are engineered to repair foundation cracks permanently and affordably.

And since our repair work is done from inside the home, The Crack Wizard can fix foundation cracks year-round, regardless of the temperatures outside.

Most importantly, The Crack Wizard can treat foundation cracks even if they’re leaking.

While some foundation repair companies may make you wait days, weeks, or even months for your crack(s) to dry out, The Crack Wizard can quickly and permanently fix your leaking foundation crack NOW, giving you peace-of-mind BEFORE the rainy season.

The Crack Wizard also can give you an immediate price on your foundation crack repairs.

 Best of all, when your foundation crack is repaired by The Crack Wizard, it’s repaired forever.

The Crack Wizard provides a Lifetime of the Structure Warranty on all injection work, meaning that our work is guaranteed not to leak for as LONG as you’re house is standing!

And for homeowners who are considering selling their home, The Crack Wizard’s Warranty is in the name of the property address, and is transferable at no charge, regardless of changes in ownership.  As The Crack Wizard says…..”For A Crack In Your Wall, Give The Wizard A Call”.  Find out why The Crack Wizard is the choice of top Realtors, inspectors, and contractors throughout the midwest. For an immediate E-Quote or to schedule a free estimate, call (888)-CRACK WIZARD (1-888-272-2594) or find us online at www.thecrackwizard.com

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.