A home’s foundation, as you all know, is what keeps the structure from crumbling and/or sinking to the ground but like most any other structures, be it commercial or residential, a foundation will wear out in the long run. What causes this part of the building to weaken may be basically triggered by natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods, improper installation methods and even its age, and if their damages weren’t taken care of immediately, chances are, its condition will become worse as well as everything it’s holding up will eventually come crashing down or collapse. Fortunately, you can protect your property and yourselves from these kinds of situations by fixing the damages right away.
Kinds of Foundation Damages and How to Fix Them
There are a lot of kinds of damages which can be fixed through DIY procedures however, prior to resorting to this choice, you will first need to be ready. All kinds of damages demand a particular set of equipment and follow a specific step-by-step process, so don’t stray away from the procedures.
Prior to starting any sort of repairs, it usually pays to be ready all the time. You will be needing the following protective gears and clothing in order to make your job not only successful but also, safe.
- Helmet (optional)
- Safety mask
- Protective glasses
Cracks are one of the most usual kinds of wall damages you will notice on your home’s foundation. You should not belittle these crevices or cracks as they’re the sources of air and water leaks. In order to fix this kind of damages, you will need to identify first the size of the crevices or cracks.
Tools you will need are:
- Trowel (pointed)
- Concrete patch
- Sledgehammer (small)
Caulk and caulk gun (used when the gaps are more than a quarter of an inch and aren’t structural)
1. When the crack is greater than 1/8”, use a cold chisel and a small sledgehammer to get rid of the excess material which surrounds it. If it is more than 1/4″ and aren’t structural at all, pump a latex caulk which contains polyurethane or silicone. If you opt the latter way, keep in mind to just slightly spray the portion twice a week to help in the curing process and also, prevent it from forming additional cracks in the near future.
2. Combine the latex with the dry patch powder. With latex, it will provide the product with an added adhesion and elasticity. In addition to that, it’s also good to mix only a little amount of paint since the mixture is known to dry very fast.
3. Wet the damaged portion with water prior to adding the mixed product on the surface.
4. Get rid of the excess product and create a uniform and smooth finish with the use of the trowel.
Once you’re done with the patching up of the crack, clean up your buckets and equipment so that the patching product will not harden and dry on them. And, if you think this job isn’t for you, contact a reliable Denver foundation repair company.