Foundation cracks are the ones that go clear through from the
interior to the exterior of the home. Water eventually finds
them before you do and you will start getting minor to major
basement leaks and many more issues as a result. Some cracks are
structural and represent an even bigger problem.
But do not worry, these cracks eventually repair themselves over
time and you can forget that the problem ever existed!
How realistic did that sound? Many homeowners think that they
are the exception and that this is the case in their situation only
to end up with much more severe problems in the very near future.
Be proactive and address your situation NOW!
Here is the truth about cracks:
- Over time, the earth around your home will start to settle and
the shift in the weight around the foundation will create different
forces around the concrete. This foundation movement stresses the
concrete and causes cracks
- Foundation cracks will develop and continue to move as warmer
and colder weather causes continuous structural expansion and
- When foundation cracks appear, they will go clear through the
entire wall to the outside surface
- Vertical cracks are the most common and diagonal and
horizontal cracks usually represent a structural issue.
- These cracks will worsen over time and eventually let moisture
and water penetrate your foundation walls and leave you with
aesthetic, safety, health, and financial problems that only get
worse over time
There are several ways to repair foundation cracks. Some are
very strong "band-aids" and others are "surgeries".
EFFECTIVE AND TEMPORARY:
- Polyurethane injection: This is done from the
interior and is the process of injecting a polyurethane sealant
into the crack in order to seal it.
- Epoxy injection: This is the same process as
the polyurethane injection and is mostly used for structural
NOTE: When injecting a crack from the interior, OFC applies a
commercial-grade crystalline waterproofing compound over the
injection for optimal protection!
These methods are effective and still temporary because
any foundation work completed from the exterior will always
have the upper hand. Do not let anybody tell you
otherwise. If you are ever in doubt, research it!
When an interior repair method will not solve the problem in
your specific situation, your best bet is to get a permanent
- Exterior crack injection and waterproofing:
This method is known as a "crack dig" and involves digging in the
area of the crack down to the footing, checking to ensure that your
weeping tile system is functional, pressure washing
the exposed wall, sealing the crack with hydraulic cement, applying
our state-of-the-art waterproofing compound to the exposed wall,
and backfilling with stone for optimal drainage. This comes with a
25-year transferable warranty and a guarantee that water will never
get in from that area ever again!
For more information on permanent foundation repairs, read our
Whether you have visible cracks in your foundation or cannot see
one yet have water, dampness or musty odours, it is in your best
interest to have the issue resolved in order to prevent further