A million questions run through your brain when you encounter basement wall cracks. This is understandable. Your foundation, after all, is the most important part of your home.
The following are answers to some of the most common questions homeowners ask when they encounter basement wall cracks.
- Where is all the water coming from?
Yes, there is a crack in the wall, but it hasn’t rained in days or weeks. How could your basement flood? The water that is seeping through the cracks in your basement walls could be coming from the ground below the foundation. It is entering the foundation as a result of hydrostatic pressure. This water can be dealt with by relieving this pressure. This can be done by installing a French drain in your basement.
- Does the crack have to be repaired from the outside?
Cracks can be repaired from the inside as well as the outside. This, however, depends on the cause of the crack and the extent of your problem. Your contractor will have to inspect the foundation and determine the best action to take. Repairing cracks from outside is recommended when the damage is extensive.
- How can I know whether there are cracks in my finished basement?
You can call a professional contractor who will conduct a physical inspection of the basement. An experienced contractor can locate basement wall cracks without having to remove the drywall. You will save your investment and find a solution for the problem in the process.
However, you should note that if your drywall is wet, it is important to replace it. Damp drywall provides the perfect environment for the growth of mold and mildew.
- Is professional crack repair expensive?
One of the main reasons why homeowners shy away from having cracks in their basement repaired by a professional is that they think it is expensive. However, it is possible to get great deals for repair. You simply need to know how to go about it.
Compare quotations from different contractors. Compare the solutions they offer and determine which is best suited for your situation.
It is important to note that ignoring the cracks won’t make them go away. In fact, the problem will more likely become worse. If you fail to address the issue early, you may end up spending much more correcting the extensive damage caused.
Be sure to discuss your concerns with a professional contractor. This will help you make an informed choice.
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