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What Can I do About Sinking Concrete?

If your concrete surface is sinking into the ground, more than likely your sub grade was prepared improperly. It is possible that loose dirt was used used and this will settle as a result of  water erosion. It is also possible that the  concrete may have been subjected to heavy weight, which caused the sinkage. 
Slabjacking is an alternative method of to replacing the sunken floor. This sunken concrete repair  could save you a lot of money. Slab jacking where a concrete repair professional drills small holes in the concrete surface, and pumps a mixture of sand, ash, and other materials into the soil below the surface. This process “floats” the floor back up to its proper level. The entire process may take a few hours and will probably be a lot less expensive than the cost of a full replacement.

What are The Common Causes of a Wet Basement?

When buying a house with a basement be sure to check for signs of dampness in the basement. You are better off understanding any possible water problems before you buy the house than after you buy. At the very least understanding, the water problem will help you decide on the type of wet basement repair that will best fix the problem.

If you are thinking about square footage of your new home keep in mind the basement can be used for additional space in your home if it is dry. A leaky basement is wet and damp and it will become wasted, possibly unhealthy space.

Some common causes of a Wet Basement:
1.Groundwater penetrating through foundation cracks or window wells
2.Plugged gutter system
3.Failed Tile system
4.Not enough gutters
5.Poor grading of land near the house. Water should flow away from the  house and not toward it.
6.Condensation from pipes. In areas of high humidity pipes can form condensation and drip. This is not uncommon from air conditioner units without release valves.

When you are reviewing the property pay attention to tell tale signs of possible water dampness

Signs of Dampness might be:
1.A musty or damp smell
2. Efflorescence it is a condition that produces a white or sometimes grayish ash on the walls. It is caused by salt deposits left behind by evaporating water.
3.Water stains along the walls or floors.
4. Spalling is when water gets inside the surface of concrete, brick or stone, salt deposits from the water cause the surface to flake away, peel or pop off.

Some common causes of a Wet Basement:
1.Groundwater penetrating through foundation cracks or window wells
2.Plugged gutter system
3.Failed Tile system
4.Not enough gutters
5.Poor grading of land near the house. Water should flow away from the house and not toward it.
6.Condensation from pipes. In areas of high humidity, pipes can form condensation and drip. This is not uncommon from air conditioner units without release valves.

Some Solutions:
1. Make sure all of your downspouts are connected and directed properly.
2.Attach extensions to downspouts if needed to channel water away from the house
3.Clean out gutters
4. Regrade the landscaping is necessary to slope away from the house
5.Install a dehumidifier
6.Install drain tile
7.Install a Sump Pump
8.Install a French drain
9.Install a floor drain
10.Waterproofing

Basements are built into the ground and it is reasonable to assume that they could become susceptible to water penetration over time. Water in the ground or soil can put constant pressure on the basement walls and water will follow the path of least resistance and could result in a leaky basement.

If you are experiencing water problems and you are looking for a wet basement repair call an expert for advice. In most cases, the cost of wet basement repair is less than you expected and a dry basement is healthier, less worrisome and you may recapture unused space that can be refinished for your family enjoyment.

Wet Basement? – CrackMaster Concrete – the Masters in Dry Basements Since 1994

CrackMaster Concrete

Masters in Dry Basements Since 1994

CrackMaster Concrete is a full-service foundation repair and waterproofing company serving greater Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. We have been in business sinse 1994 and we have clients in most areas including, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Langley, Maple Ridge, Port Moody, Surrey, Coquitllam, Port Coquitlam, Burnaby, New Westminster,Vancouver, North Vancouver Nanaimo and Victoria.

If you have a Leaky basement, are in need of a wet basement repair, or have a foundation crack, CrackMaster Concrete should be your first choice. CrackMaster’s years of experience and advanced foundation repair techniques will save you time and money.

                                        

                                                                               Our services include:

  • Crack Repair – from the inside and outside
  • Drain Cleaning – Storm and Sewer (part of our Question Series)
  • Weeping Tile – interior and exterior
  • Sump pump installations
  • Waterproofing membranes
  • Repair Wet or Dry
  • Pools & Ponds
  • Crawl Spaces
  • Leaky Window Wells
  • Video Drain Inspections
  • Water-Jet Drain Flushing

Warranties

Our Warranties are second to none and we have proven that we are in this business for the long hall. The CrackMaster Concrete lifetime warranty on crack repair is fully transferable to  new property owners. Just notify us in writing, within 30 days of the transfer.

Quick Friendly Response

If you have a wet basement in need of repair call Phil today. Our experience and advanced basement repair techniques will usually save you time and money. Our response time is quick and our Quotes are FREE with no hassle.

For sound friendly advice on wet basement repair call Phil today 604-614-2615

I Am Finishing my Basement-I Have a Crack That doesn’t Leak. What Should I Do?

Call  CrackMaster and we will do an assessment for you. Generally speaking if you are wanting to protect your investments the crack probably should be repaired before you end up with a leaky basement. Hairline cracks can expand overtime as a result of freeze/thaw cycles.  You are better off being safe than sorry. The best thing you can do is call CrackMaster and let us discuss your options.

Chances are the cost of repair will be less than you think and for sure far less than trying to repair a flooded basement that has been finished.

CrackMaster is a master at wet basement repair and we are  more than pleased to make an assessement for your. Call Phil today at 604-614-2615  for a FREE no hassle quote.