Firstly, there are a multitude of methods used in the industry for repairing foundation leaks and cracks. Not all of them are appropriate for every situation, however. As a customer, it is important that you understand what your choices are, and the real differences between all of them. At Abarent, we have created a document that goes over a comparison of the different ways you can go about repairing foundation leaks, helping you assess which method is the right one for your situation.
Obviously costs can vary dramatically between methods. How you choose to begin your foundation leak repair or your foundation crack repair, and which contractor you hire should be an informed decision. Make sure you are informed and have an idea of what you might need. Ask questions to your contractor so that your leaky basement issue is resolved once and for all.
Click below for Abarent’s guide to repair foundation leaks:
A leaking basement wall or a leaking basement in general can occur from a multitude of sources. Read on for Abarent’s tips on how to troubleshoot the problem, and how to get help.
In order to begin diagnosing the problem, have a look at where the water appears to be coming from in your leaking basement. If the drywall is wet and damaged, have it cut out of the way and removed. Exposing areas can sometimes be very helpful in determining the true origin of your basement water seepage issue.
Here are some typical causes:
Basement Plumbing leaking: Something as simple as a leaking drain line or water supply line can lead to a puddle on the floor.
Basement Window leaking: Wind blown rain can often push moisture in around the edges or track of a window.
Window well not draining: Debris may have plugged up a window well drain or there may be no drain existing. Is there a water line on your window?
Basement foundation wall crack: This may be something that you don’t know the answer to. At Abarent, our trained eyes can often spot symptoms that indicate the presence of foundation cracks that are contributing to your leaky basement. If drywall is wet however, cut it out of the way, so we can all see what is behind it.
Need for Weeping tile repair: Many houses built prior to 1958 do not have weeping tile and some houses that have existing weeping tile may have issues with that weeping tile. Our experienced estimators will go through a checklist of symptoms to try and determine what your issue is and provide you with a solution. It is much like being a detective of sorts.
Sump pump back up or Backwater valve problems: If your house has existing weeping tile, it needs to drain somewhere. Your house would either have a sump pit connection or weeping tile may be connected to the sewer through a Backflow valve. A pump failure or pipe blockage may lead to foundation seepage and a wet basement.
If you have a leaky basement, contact us asap. We respond very quickly.
To save parties time, there are several things you can do to help us diagnosis your foundation problem.
Be sure to click on our handy check list to help you when interviewing contractors for your foundation repair project. We look forward to helping you.
“How do you fix a basement wall crack?” is a generic question we at Abarent are asked all of the time. Repairing basement wall cracks should be something that is done after the cause of the concrete cracks is determined. There are a few important questions you need to ask yourself: Is there settlement? Is there structural movement? Are lateral loads too great for the foundation wall? Is this a simple foundation leak issue? What needs to be understood is that a basement wall crack is usually a bigger problem – a problem with the foundation of your house.
If a foundation repair is done, without fully understanding the issues present, you may not be solving the problem. No one likes spending money on a foundation repair, but if your spending money repairing basement wall cracks, get it done right the first time.
Have a qualified professional that is experienced with both structural and water issues related to foundation repair investigate your problem. At Abarent, we have a very informative area on our website that may help you understand the foundation repair world, and assist you in making a decision on which direction to go with for your basement repair project. To get a better idea of what to expect, check out our articles below:
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