Foundation Crack Repair in Chicago
Methods for Repairing Foundation Cracks
Cracks or leaks in a home's foundation often require a professional evaluation to ensure that there is no major underlying structural damage taking place.
Safeguard Waterproofing - Ram Jack Illinois provides expertise in the field of foundation cracks and leaks with a variety of highly-effective solutions to restore integrity to your home.
Hairline Cracks Are Normal
If you are noticing very thin cracks around your home's foundation, this is usually not an issue of concern. These are a sign of normal home settling after construction. As concrete cures in place, it will experience small, threadlike cracks due to shrinkage.
Professional Inspections for Cracks
Our team is always at-the-ready to provide a professional inspection of your home's foundation. If you are noticing cracks growing bigger as months go by, this is often a good time to bring in a professional. (You can easily track crack growth by marking their ends with a pencil and measuring the width at the widest point.)
Methods for Foundation Crack Repair in Chicago
Our team is equipped to provide whatever foundation repair method is most effective to fix the cracks in your foundation. If the issue is an underlying structural problem, our team can provide new support underneath your home as well as lift your home back to its right level. If you have leaking walls, our team can restore the integrity of your basement.
- Helical Piles: Where foundation failure has occurred, our team can implement helical piles to ensure your home rests on load-bearing soil or bedrock.
- Driven Piles: These are another solution for when foundation damage requires extensive repair. We can return your home to level if it is sinking or part of your home is no longer supported.
- Polyurethane Grouts: For less extensive damage, polyurethane grouts are an excellent way to fill in cracks and prevent further cracking.
- Epoxy & Carbon Fiber Strips: To prevent leaking in your basement walls and to restore their integrity, epoxy and carbon fiber strips are an effective solution.
Learn more about our foundation crack repair in Chicago by calling (847) 603-4048.
Interior Crack Repair
Epoxy or Urethane Resin?
So, which is best epoxy or urethane resin to repair foundation wall cracks? The correct answer is both. Both forms of resin when used appropriately will work as designed to repair a foundation wall crack. Hair line cracks are a perfect choice for epoxy. And Urethane is best for larger cracks as the product swells when installed and fills larger voids. Ultimately the size and location of the foundation crack will determine which product is best. And in some cases, both resins can be used on the same repair. Regardless of which resin is used Safeguard offers a lifetime transferable warranty on foundation wall crack repairs for the life of your home.
The crack is professionally cleaned.
The surface ports are installed and a rapid set material is applied over the repair area.
Resin is injected throughout the crack.
Finished repair with a lifetime warranty!
Exterior Crack Repair
Not all exterior crack repairs are the same. There are a few different
ways to fix
a crack from the outside. At Safeguard waterproofing we only fix them one way, the right way, the permanent way!
The proper way to repair a foundation wall crack from the exterior is to excavate down to the footing of the building. Professionally clean and prep the foundation crack. When needed we install a non-shrink mortar. Then HLM 5000 a modified urethane sealant is applied over the crack. Next Mari-DRI 860/861 a self-sealing synthetic peel and stick waterproofing membrane. Followed by Mari-Drain a dimpled high strength polyurethane protective membrane which is fastened to the foundation wall. And a metal termination bar secured to the top of the membrane. Lastly the area is back filled with a bentonite concentrate. *
Inspect and locate the crack.
Dig down to footing and expose the crack.
Clean the crack and apply non-shrink mortar when needed.
Apply HLM 5000 modified urethane sealant and Mari-Dri 860/861 membrane.
Apply Mari-Drain protective membrane
Backfill the whole with a bentonite concentrate* and leave the earth mounded for future natural settlement.