What are your best options when it comes to foundation cracks? If you have cracks in your foundation, you’re going to have to fix them eventually. The thing is, this isn’t a DIY project; it’s something only an expert can really help you with.
If you do have cracks in your foundation, here’s how you must fix them.
Fix the Underlying Problem
One of the reasons foundation cracks aren’t a DIY project is because you must fix what’s going on. You can’t just assume the problem is only surface-level and try to fill it over with grout.
Instead, you need to know what’s causing the problem and fix it. Do you have excess water in your crawl space? Is your crawl space suffering from hydrostatic pressure? Is your home starting to settle, especially more on one end or the other?
The only way for you to know what’s causing the cracks, and therefore how to fix them, is to have an expert look at your foundation and the rest of your crawl space. Talk to JES to schedule your free inspection today.
Encapsulate Your Crawl Space
If moisture is an ongoing problem for your crawl space, you’re probably going to need to pursue encapsulation. That may mean closing open crawl space vents, laying down a vapor barrier, or insulating cold water pipes.
Crawl space encapsulation is an important part of home repair if you have a dirt crawl space. You don’t want moisture in your crawl space because it can have very serious long-term impacts on your family’s health and the health of the space.
Don’t try to do crawl space encapsulation on your own. It’s common for DIY homeowners to try and fix a problem but miss crucial steps that an expert would be able to notice. Instead, discuss your problem with a JES expert who can help.
Maintain Your Foundation
After all this, it’s vitally important that you maintain your foundation’s health. You can put as much work as you want into making a healthy foundation, but it won’t really have a significant impact if you allow the problem to recur.
Instead, you need to take steps to maintain your foundation. That may mean putting a dehumidifier in the space or pursuing additional long-term changes. There are many ways to maintain a crawl space.
Regardless of what you need to do to keep your crawl space healthy, it’s best that you get that information from a professional who knows what they’re doing. Talk to a JES expert today to learn more about what you can do to maintain your foundation.