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Foundation Repair & Waterproofing in Connecticut

Foundation Repair in Hartford, Middlesex, New Haven and throughout the rest of Connecticut.

We can help repair those leaking or unsightly cracks as well as the structural issues they may represent.

foundation repair connecticutNot all foundation cracks need repair. Some cracks are to be expected during the curing process for concrete walls and floors. They occur as a result of how much water was in the mix and how fast moisture was removed during the curing process. These cracks are typically thin and do not indicate a larger structural defect.

Not all foundation cracks need repair. Some cracks are to be expected during the curing process for concrete walls and floors. They occur as a result of how much water was in the mix and how fast moisture was removed during the curing process. These cracks are typically thin and do not indicate a larger structural defect.
What should you look for to determine whether you need foundation repairs to your home?

  • Uneven Floors or Sinking Ground
  • Doors That Won’t Close
  • Visible Cracks on the Outside Siding or Inside Drywall
  • Displaced Molding
  • Cracked Walls
  • Gaps Between Caulking & Windows
  • Shifts in Mortar Joints
  • Gaps in the Crown & Ceiling

foundation waterproofing connecticutLarger cracks that get wider over time, shift laterally or occur in critical areas of your foundation wall may very likely indicate a structural problem.

Adverse Health Effects from Water Damaging Your Foundation

The type of foundation wall also influences the potential structural indicator a crack represents. A diagonal crack in a concrete wall may indicate a stress crack from the curing process that does not need repair versus a diagonal crack in a block and mortar wall which may indicate a failure of the footing which would require immediate attention.

Cracks that are seeping water will need some form of waterproofing once the crack repair is complete. Any water seeping into your home has the potential to grow mold which will have that musty odor and increase allergy and asthma suffering ultimately leading to costly mold remediation in Connecticut.

Experienced Contractors to Help Keep Your Home Safe

A foundation repair contractor can assess the crack and determine what must be done, if anything, to repair the structural integrity of your foundation.

  • Simply waterproofing over a crack does not repair the crack nor does it address any underlying structural issue.

Failing to address cracks and any underlying structural issues promptly can place your home and your wallet in jeopardy. Depending on the extent of the structural damage and how long it has been left unaddressed you may need to have a structural engineer develop the corrective action plan.

The single greatest stress acting on a foundation wall is water. The water sitting in the space between your foundation wall and the nearest undisturbed soil expands during the cold Connecticut winters, exerting tremendous force on your wall.

  • Once a crack forms, water enters the crack and exerts even more force during the next freeze cycle, opening the crack up more each time. By the time you see a crack form inside, there is a much larger crack on the outside surface of your wall.

Our Process of Repairing Cracks & Issues in Your Foundation

Cracks can be repaired using hydraulic cement or epoxy injections. They can be repaired from either the interior or exterior of your foundation.

  • An exterior crack repair should always be waterproofed with a good quality membrane adhered to the foundation wall over the crack.
  • Interior cracks that were seeping water, if only repaired with hydraulic cement, will likely need to be replaced sometime in the future due to the freeze thaw cycle on water entering the crack from the outside.

Our professionals will protect the integrity of the home with crack repair through the use of an epoxy/carbon fiber patch. Our systems will ensure that any seepage is collected and pumped outside your home.

Structural repairs are very specific to the forces and conditions that resulted in the initial damage as well as the forces that will be acting on the repair once completed.

Value Dry is a foundation repair contractor that can assess and repair all cracks while addressing any resultant underlying structural problems. We have used carbon fiber systems, wall pins, steel I-beam and screw type reinforcement methods as well as partial and full wall and footing replacements following work plans developed by structural engineers.

Even if you don’t have foundation repair needs, contact Value Dry to install egress windows and doors in your Connecticut home or one of our many other services to keep you dry.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have a crack in my wall, do I need to get it repaired?

There are several types of cracks and each telling a different story. Many cracks form due to the freeze/thaw cycle homes experience through the seasons. This means that no matter how small it is now it will most likely continue to grow over time. How large, location, difference in size from one end to the other all play into the severity of the crack. Whether it’s a horizontal, vertical or step crack it can be repaired but it’s the extent that it has been allowed to grow that dictates the options and cost. Avoid paying more in the future, stop the crack while it is still easily managed now.

Could I just shoot some caulk into the crack to fix it?

Most cracks result from some form of movement. The caulk most home improvement stores carry will not handle the shifts over time. If there is water coming into the crack it will always push off any simple caulk fix in a short amount of time.

My wall seems to be bowing. Can this be fixed?

Most all foundations can be repaired if addressed early. We have the trained inspectors who can assess the level of bowing and identify a remedy to address your specific problem. You want to work with a team like Value Dry who have multiple options and will take into account how you use the space or plan to use it, not just how to solve the current issue.

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