Finding a crack in the foundation of your home is not an uncommon side effect of home ownership. However, mitigating the cost of expensive repair is totally up to you. Foundation cracks are generally caused by common occurrences such as excess water gathering and remaining stagnant around the outside of the structure of the home (hydrostatic pressure), foundation settlement (in excess), from the shrinking soil underneath the home due to a lack of moisture, and upheaval or compression. While most of these foundational issues are normal and form part of the natural wear and tear of a home, there are noteworthy instances when cracks indicate a serious problem. For example, cracks that wrap around a corner, cracks in brick or concrete foundations that stagger like steps, cracks that pull away from window and doorframes, and sinking floors over crawl spaces suggest that foundation problems exceed the status quo. As such, regular inspections, checks, and repairs are critical to protection against expensive crack repairs.
One of the top priorities for any homeowner is to fix problems related to the foundation of the home, including cracks. Foundation problems do not arise spontaneously. Rather, they are the culmination of minor problems and defects that develop gradually, over time. Thus, periodic checks for cracks can facilitate early detection of a major problem and provide ample time for inspection and repair. The D-wall system allows for periodic checks with removable drywall access to home foundations. If you discover a crack that has caused significant flooding or damage to your home, a contractor will have to break your existing drywall, resulting in inconvenience, expenses, and higher insurance bills. With the D-wall system, not only can you identify cracks at early stages of decay, but where the problem is a major one, a contractor can repair those cracks and subsequent damage more easily with faster foundation access.
You may not be able to prevent all the foundation cracks in your home, but when they do occur, they must be filled immediately. If the cracks, whether vertical or horizontal, are wider than 1/4 inch, it is an indication of a more serious problem. Expert contractors will be able to help you plug these cracks efficiently with the installation of the D-wall system. Ultimately, periodical checks of your home foundation prevent major expenses and inconveniences in future. The D-wall system simplifies how you check the straightness of a foundation wall, repair minor cracks with foundation crack injections, and check for proper grading of soil. It is the sure fire way to protect your family, property value, and enhance home safety.