The biggest problem that occurs when homeowners notice that their foundation is crumbling, chipping, or flaking is that they assume the problem is cosmetic only. This is really a very large mistake. Before performing a simple patch of foundation concrete that is crumbling, chipping, or flaking, you really should have it inspected by a professional to determine if the damage to your foundation is not actually a threat to the integrity of your home's foundation. This occurrence is sometimes called "spalling" and sometimes it is only a cosmetic problem. A foundation repair expert from our network can help you determine if your foundation is actually loosing strength and stability or if it is just in need of concrete patching.
Sometimes the masonry and concrete around your home deteriorates. This is called spalling. This occurs because of freezing and thawing of water around your foundation. It can also be caused by frequent high pressure washing, or sandblasting. Water probably plays the largest and most dangerous role in this crumbling and chipping. Water can hit the surface of the concrete during driving rains. Water can spill on to the concrete surface when gutters overflow. Water can wick up the concrete through soil that is wet or damp through capillary action. Moisture can even escape from inside the building or structure in the form of vapor. All these factors play into the health of the concrete that makes up your foundation.
So as a home or business owner what can you do to prevent the foundation from crumbling, chipping, and flaking? Here are a few things that can help. Some things you can do yourself, but others require the help of a foundation or water management specialist:
Vapor Barriers and Crawlspace Encapsulation: By installing a vapor barrier or encapsulating your crawlspace, you can keep moisture from permeating the walls of your foundation. There are other important reasons to install a vapor barrier. The air throughout your home is affected by the air in your basement or crawlspace. If your crawlspace or basement is damp or wet, mold and mildew can form, affecting the air in your home. By installing a vapor barrier you can prevent mold and mildew, use your basement or crawlspace to it's full capacity, and also prevent water vapor from moving through foundation walls.
Make sure Downspouts and Gutters are Functioning: By having well performing gutters and downspouts you can prevent water spillage on your foundation. This can help in the prevention of spalling, and also help prevent water leaks into your basement or crawlspace.
Interior, Exterior and Surface Drainage: A good water management system will help keep water down and away from your foundation. This goes a long way to a healthy foundation. Learn more about waterproofing and water management on our sister site MyWaterproofing.com.
Epoxy or Polyurethane Injections: Depending on the outcome of the inspection of the surface it may be recommend that a polyurethane foam or epoxy resin be used to strengthen the area. These products fill and expand to fit cracks and open voids to prevent further water intrusion in the future.
Remember that all foundation crumbling, chipping, and flaking is not cosmetic. With the help of My Foundation Repairs, we will find a foundation repair contractor in your area to inspect your foundation. It may be that this is just one sign of problems you might be having. Your contractor can inspect your foundation for cracks, leaks, settlement, and more and find a solution for you. Contact us to learn more about this problem or to find a contractor in your area to get you started on the road to a healthy foundation.
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