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Basement Crack Repair Vancouver

Basement Crack Repair

It is safe to say if your Vancouver home has a concrete basement it probably has cracks and you could be in need of a basement crack  repair. It is important to Figure out if a basement foundation crack is simply the house settling or if it is a sign of something more serious.

Observing the direction and size of the basement foundation crack will help you decide if you should even consider doing your own basement crack repair or should you call in a professional like Phil Russell who has years of experience in basement crack repair and wet basement  repair in the Vancouver area.

What is the Direction of the Crack?

If the basement crack is horizontal, you are probably off the hook. More often than not this type of  crack is not big problem. Vertical cracks or  cracks in the shape of a staircase are more of a concern as they may indicate a more serious problem and you may require a basement  crack repair.

What is the Size of the Basement Crack?

Smooth, even hairline, cracks are usually not too serious and can be more easily repaired. This type of basement crack should be repaired and could prevent a larger basement crack repair  in the future. The size and placement of a basement crack are important and if you have any concerns start by calling in an experienced basement foundation crack repair person.

A basement crack with a slant or bulge–in any direction–is more than likely serious. If the  crack is large enough to put the tip of your finger into it could be the cause of your need for a basement crack repair.  A foundation crack of this size should really be assessed by basement crack repair expert before any foundation repairs are done. In this case you would call a Foundation Crack Repair expert.

What causes Horizontal Cracks?

Usually horizontal cracks are the result of frost damage when freezing temperatures shrink concrete, these cracks could also be caused by excessive pressure on the foundation from wet soil. Each climate will have its own cause of horizontal cracks.

Long, horizontal cracks running the length of any outside wall should be investigated by a professional foundation repair person very closely. A bulging crack can be a sign of a home sliding off its footing or some other stresses on a supporting wall.

To test any horizontal crack or vertical crack that is suspicious or currently causing a wet basement call, Phil Russell, of Crackmaster Concrete. Phil is a great person to talk to and is very experienced with basement  repair, wet basement repair, and all types of foundation problems.

What is Hydrostatic Pressure?

Hydrostatic Pressure

Hydrostatic Pressure forces moisture against cement foundation

Quite often in the videos you will hear Phil make reference to Hydrostatic Pressure as it relates to wet basement repair and waterproofing.  Here is a definition from Wikipedia as it relates to waterproofing… which is another video topic related to  foundation repair.

Hydrostatic pressure forces water in through cracks in foundation walls, through openings caused by expansion and contraction of the footing-foundation wall joint and up through floor cracks. Hydrostatic pressure can cause major structural damage to foundation walls and is likely to contribute to mold, decay and other moisture related problems.”


Locations Served For Basement Crack Repair

Phil Russell  services the entire Greater Vancouver Area. Phil can be reached at 604-614-2615.

We Offer: Basement Crack Repair in Vancouver, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Maple Ridge, North Vancouver, Burnaby, & The Greater Vancouver area.

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