4:03 AMCracked Foundation Repair
We are always told to build on firm foundations. These are wise words. They apply as much to daily life as they do to construction. So when a homeowner finds cracks on the foundations of their property, it’s only natural to worry. Nowadays, there are many methods to repair foundation cracks, and fortunately you can access them all right here in Portland. As a matter of fact, cracks and concrete go together. That does not mean that you should overlook any damage. Your contractor can help you evaluate the extent of the problem.
Portland and Pisa?
We have all seen pictures of the leaning tower of Pisa. Don’t worry! Nothing like that is likely to happen to your property. However, the same forces that were at work in the famous tower, act over buildings all around the world. The ground might seem solid to you, but it is always moving and changing. The hardest part of the ground, the bedrock, is not flat. That is why the tower started to tilt: the ground was much softer on one side than the other. When a property stands on different ground densities, it is normal for foundation cracks to appear.
The watershed plays a big part in this problem as well. As the ground loses or gains water, it can shrink or expand. These movements will cause the foundations to shift and crack. Portland is a somewhat rainy city, and the installation of drainage systems and drain tiles is a good option. Your contractor can guide you and help you make the best choice for your property or building project.
While not necessarily serious, foundation cracks should not be ignored. The best thing you can do is contact your contractor to assess the problem. Some cracks can be repaired quickly and cheaply, but that has to be determined by a professional.
Small cracks can be repaired by filling them with epoxy or polyurethane foams. This is both affordable and a lasting solution. Larger cracks often need true cement and concrete products. Approach your construction professional to find the best option for you.
However, if the problem is more serious and the foundation has begun to sink, then the only solution is lifting the property ― literally ― using hydraulic piers. This is an expensive process that requires extensive excavation. After the foundations are lifted to their original level, the spaces are the filled with speciality foams.
If you have identified cracks on your property’s foundations, only your contractor can tell you which option is best! Don’t hesitate to call.
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