Is Your Home’s Cement Foundation Starting to Crack and Leak?
Check out this video. Ken explains why concrete foundations crack, why most traditional methods of fixing them don’t work (And actually make things worse), and how to fix a cement or poured concrete foundation the right way:
Cement Foundation Repair Using a Steel Plate
Highlights from the video:
- We specialize in cement and concrete foundation repair and can help property owners in all of NJ, PA, and Delaware
- Vertical cracks are most common in cement foundations. They start small but can grow longer in almost no time. They can often lay dormant, showing only a small problem at first, then exploding into major damages, seemingly overnight
- The problem with traditional repair methods is that most contractors use an epoxy fill to plug the cracks, and stop water from getting in. Then they’ll drill holes ever 6 – 8″, attaching a carbon-fiber strap to keep the cracks from spreading. The strap is glued to your foundation or basement wall as well
- The epoxy does stop the water for a very short time. But, water is corrosive, and will eventually push it’s way through.
- And, your foundation will get hit by pressure from the ground around your home. This causes a contraction and expansion of the walls, which will destroy the epoxy. This also causes the walls (and crack) to separate further, worsening the problem
- The carbon-fiber strap won’t rip, but it will eventually fall away
- The old method does not address the cause of your home’s foundation problems, and it does nothing to address structural repair
- Vertical cracks often grow and can reach your home’s footer – a very dangerous situation
- We use a stainless steel plate to hold the wall in place. These plates have a 90,000-psi strength
- This prevents the cracks from widening. We may also dig down to your footer, and put in underpinnings just to add a second layer of security