How Much Do Foundation Crack Repairs Cost?
Thursday, October 18, 2012 • 2:47pm
Concrete Crack Repair is something that all homeowners will have to deal with at some point in time. The simple fact is that all cement structures will crack. Realize that each one has it's own potentially compromising issue. If pressure has caused your foundation to crack, the cracking will continue to get worse unless it gets fixed. Small cracks can end up causing big problems in the future.
Here are the most common types of foundation repairs and approximate costs as of 10/17/12:
Vertical or Diagonal Cracks in Block Foundations
A sign of needed foundation repair work is vertical or diagonal cracks in a block foundation wall. This is a sign of settlement. Most vertical cracks in a block foundation wall do not seriously damage the structure of your home. Vertical cracks are most often caused from damage as the foundation settles.
Vertical or diagonal settlement cracks in block foundation walls are typically sealed with a 2 part hardened epoxy and start at $450.
Vertical or Diagonal Cracks in Poured Foundations
Most vertical cracks in a poured concrete foundation are not structural in nature. Vertical cracks are most often caused by the shrinkage of the concrete as it cures. The more significant problem in this case is that you are now vulnerable to water from the earth seeping into your basement.
Low-pressure concrete crack injection (20 to 40 psi) permanently fills the entire length and depth of the crack, preventing water from further deteriorating the concrete. Epoxy and polyurethane-based materials are superior for this purpose because they adhere to the concrete. Water cannot erode the concrete any further and the materials allow for slight concrete expansion and contraction while maintaining a seal.
Concrete crack injection has been the accepted method for this type of repair for many years. The technique is cost-effective, reliable, and permanent. Materials with differing viscosities are manufactured to ensure an effective repair for non-structural solutions.
Most Vertical and Diagonal Crack Repairs for poured concrete foundations can be done in one day and start at $1200.
Horizontal and Step Cracks
A horizontal crack in a foundation wall is likely a sign that the foundation is failing under the weight of the surrounding soil. The soil outside the foundation wall exerts an enormous pressure on the foundation wall. Foundation walls are designed to be strong enough to resist this load. Occasionally additional loads exert pressure and the foundation begins to fail resulting in a horizontal crack in the foundation wall.
There are low cost solutions available for reinforcement that can repair your wall, add strength, stop the inward movement of your walls, and redistribute the weight on your basement walls.
Cracked foundation walls can be permanently repaired and stabilized with carbon fiber Kevlar to restore stability of the structure. By using carbon-fiber Kevlar gridstraps in combination with specifically designed epoxy, foundation repair can be performed effectively and efficiently with minimal obtrusion or obstruction.
The repaired basement wall can then be painted thereby creating an almost invisible repair, increasing the resale value of your home.
Using carbon-fiber kevlar gridstraps in combination with specifically designed epoxies, foundations can now be repaired and arrested with little to no obtrusiveness and are installed at $600 per strap.
A-1 Basement Solutions uses these time-tested and proven methods of foundation and crack repairs that restore the integrity and stability of the foundation.
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Doug Lynch is a basement expert from Westfield, NJ where he lives with his wife Kelli and their dogs Sammy and Angie. Doug teaches a class at Westfield Adult School “Keeping Your Basement Dry” and is the Author of Basements 101 Everything You Need to Know About Your Basement. Doug has testified in NJ Superior Court as an Expert Witness in Basement Waterproofing and does seminars for local Real Estate Agents to educate them about basements. Doug is the owner of A-1 Basement Solutions in Scotch Plains and authors the popular BASEMENT SCHOOL Blog.
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