Cracks are a leading cause of water damage and foundation problems. It is natural for structures to settle as they age, this can leave minor cracks in foundation, flooring, or window and door frames. These cracks are typically 1/8” wide or less; it is always recommended that you have a foundation specialist inspect cracks before any restoration is attempted.
Concrete foundation cracks start off nonstructural and as water enters them, mold, mildew, and deterioration make them become structural foundation cracks. When caught early, a foundation repair specialist can simply inject a polyurethane epoxy in them to create a water tight seal. They can even repair moving cracks by using a rigid epoxy material.
Causes of nonstructural cracks:
- Changes in moisture
- Thermal Movement
- Hydrostatic Pressure
Nonstructural crack characteristics:
- Hairline Cracks – typically 1-2mm wide
- Window or Door Cracks
- Vertical or Diagonal Cracks
- Plaster Cracks
- Narrow Cracks – Less than 1/8”