Cracks are common things that can occur in the foundations of your homes in Montérégie. If you are faced with this, only a professional in the field such as the company Fissure-Expert will be able to give you satisfaction. Here we offer you some information on the time of repair of the breaches observed at the level of the foundations.
Foundation cracks: causes
Several factors can be at the origin of cracks in the foundation of your constructions. These causes include:
- Aging of the property: If you live in an old house, then it is possible that there are some cracks in the foundation. They often come from the movement of the structure and the degradation of building materials.
- Frost: Some environmental factors can also have risks on your foundation. This is the case for the winter season. Indeed the water collected during this season causes a strong pressure on the walls of the house, thus causing cracks in the foundation.
- Soil collapse: This phenomenon is often observed in clay soils because of their high water content. During periods of drought, these soils no longer contain water and contract. This leads to damage to your foundations.
Foundation cracks: signs
Do you want to know if there are any cracks in the foundation of your home? The first monkeys that are easy to spot by eye are the inner and outer cracks. Then we have water infiltration, deformation of door frames, window malfunction, the presence of pyrites, radon or iron ochre.
If you see these kinds of things in your home, then don’t panic. We recommend that you contact a company specializing in the repair of foundation cracks as soon as possible. They will be able to conduct a comprehensive review of the situation to determine the causes and nature of the work to be done on the foundation and walls of your home.
Foundation cracks: preventive measures
To avoid deformation of your foundations in the future, it is important that you take certain precautions.
Repair cracks from the inside or from the outside
Repairing a crack inside involves injecting liquid resin at high pressure. As a type of liquid resin, one can choose between polyurethane and epoxy. However, using polyurethane products turns out to be more advantageous. They can plug wider cracks of up to 15 mm unlike epoxy which cannot exceed 9 mm. In addition, they have the advantage of maintaining the tightness of the foundation during slight ground movements.
Plugging a foundation from the outside involves opening the “U” shaped crack to put cement in it. After filling the breach with cement, a waterproofing membrane is then placed on the crack. This membrane has the ability to last a long time underground and resist the weak movements of the foundation.
Check the condition of the French drain
The French drain is a system that prevents water accumulation problems in the walls of the foundation. Its malfunction may be due to the presence of a branch or other materials. It is therefore important to contact a professional who can check its condition and find a solution to repair it.
Think about washing the house
Was your foundation destroyed by a flood? We recommend that you carry out a house wash. This is an important investment, but one that will solidify your foundation in the future.
Implanting piles in the soil of your home is also an effective method to plug the cracks in your foundation. But it is important to first know the weight of the house in order to determine the number and positioning of piles to be placed.
Now you know what to do when you are faced with a foundation problem. If you are in Montreal, we invite you to contact our company Fissure-Expert specialized in the repair of cracks in concrete walls or foundations. Our experts are able to provide you with effective solutions that can solve all your water infiltration problems. We also provide window corner crack repair, floor crack repair, concrete or cold seal repair, concrete and honeycomb hole repair and concrete pool crack repair.