DIY Foundation Crack Repair Long Island
When it comes to any do-it-yourself project there is a right way and a wrong way. If you are brave enough to venture into foundation crack repair Long Island, then there is probably no stopping you so at least do it the right way.
The impulse may be to try to fix the foundation crack with caulking or other surface type material. This is only a temporary fix. And when we say temporary we mean temporary. Caulking is not strong enough to hold back the pressure of a leaking crack. Hydrostatic pressure built up in the outside soil is commonly pushing against the cracked foundation wall. If it was strong enough to crack concrete, it will soon push through caulking or a surface treatment.
Basically, if you want to try a DIY foundation crack repair you must do it like the pros. There are DIY foundation repair kits available to purchase that you can buy that include crack injection tools and correct materials for concrete cracks. Several different manufacturers offer DIY foundation repair kits. They typically offer different product options. One kits comes with the professional grade crack injection material that hooks tubes up to a regular caulking gun and allows for the homeowner to slowing inject the concrete crack. Basically, injecting the material into the crack all the way through the wall is a key factor to actually fixing the crack. Entirely filling the crack will stop water or radon from entering the basement.
The only problem with DIY foundation crack repair is that sometimes the problem really isn’t the crack itself. Sometimes the crack is a symptom of a more serious structural problem. While you can fix the crack it is merely masking the symptom. The real problem may call for more serious structural repair methods and that is not a DIY job. Installing piers, pilling, underpinning, anchors, carbon fiber, or steel I-beams is not a DIY job for the typical homeowner. These structural repair techniques require special training and knowledge. Because they are dealing with stabilizing the foundation there are serious risks of collapse. You need to know what you are doing or you could get seriously hurt.
Cracks on adjacent walls can be signs of serious settlement issues. Another diagnosing sign is if you see cracks upstairs too. If there are cracks on the upstairs walls, around the doors or windows, or if the doors and windows stick then you may have a structural repair issue. This can all be a sign you have a settlement issue and the cracks in your basement are not just nonstructural cracks that can easily be fixed with a crack repair system.