If you've noticed small cracks developing in your foundation, you need to take care of them as soon as possible. Without proper care, small cracks can soon develop into larger, more damage-causing ones. The easiest way to prevent further damage is to repair cracks as soon as you discover them. Here are some step-by-step instructions for repairing cracks in your foundation.
Start with a Clean Workspace
Before you start repairing the cracks, you need to make sure you have a clean workspace. That means all the dirt and debris needs to be removed from the cracks you'll be working on. Use a chisel and hammer to break away the loose edges of the crack. This will ensure that the edges are smooth enough to provide a secure repair. Next, use a whisk broom to remove the debris from inside the crack. Once the cracks are cleaned, you'll be ready to proceed to the next step.
Choose the Right Patch
When choosing a concrete patch for your foundation, it's important that you choose one that will allow some flexibility. This is particularly important if you live in an area that experiences extreme weather variations – such as severe heat in the summer and cold in the winter. Concrete expands in the heat and contracts in the winter, so you'll need a concrete patch that can allow for those changes. A good polymer patch mix will work well for your foundation repairs. Be sure to prepare the mixture according to the package directions. The mixture should be the consistency of a soft paste.
Fill the Cracks
Now that you have the patch mixture prepared, you're ready to fill the cracks. You'll need a concrete pie trowel for this portion of the project. If you're not sure what a concrete pie trowel is, it's a trowel that's shaped like a piece of pie. The pointed edge allows for a more even application of concrete mix into the crack. Dip your trowel into the patch mixture and get a generous amount on the tip. Scoop the mixture into the crack and press it down using the tip of the trowel. Continue doing that until the entire crack is filled. Once the crack has been filled, smooth down the surface using the edge of your trowel. Allow the patch to dry. Repeat the process on all the visible cracks.
Don't leave small cracks in your foundation. Repair them as soon as possible. The instructions provided above will help you keep your concrete foundation in good repair. For larger cracks, or areas that are crumbling, be sure to contact a company like Mcnabb Construction Ltd.Share