Do you have a finished basement? Finishing a basement costs a lot of money. However, it adds value to your home. It is, therefore, worth every penny and second spent on it. It is understandable that any homeowner with a finished basement would fly into a panic when they spot foundation cracks. No one wants to ruin their investment.
The good news is that there are several different options for repairing foundation cracks. You can choose to repair the cracks from the interior or from the exterior of the foundation. However, there are various factors that you will need to consider before you make your choice.
Exterior foundation crack repair
Repairing foundation cracks from the exterior of the foundation will require excavation of the foundation. The benefit of this type of repair is that the interior of your finished basement will remain untouched.
There are however, several drawbacks to this kind of repair:
- It is labor intensive – You not only require specialized equipment for the excavation but also a lot of manpower to get the job done. It is therefore often more expensive than many of the interior repair methods.
- It will result in the destruction of your landscape – Plants will be uprooted, structures demolished or moved and the earth around your home moved to gain access to the foundation. Restoring a landscape can be very costly and time consuming.
- It can result in weakness of the wall – Your wall is already showing signs of weakness through the cracks. You may cause even more damage by removing the soil that supports the foundation in order to repair the cracks from the outside.
You will need to weigh the pros and cons of having your foundation excavated before you choose this method.
Minimally invasive interior repair method
If you are rethinking your stand on excavating your foundation, there is good news for you. Using carbon fiber strips is a minimally invasive method of repairing cracks from the interior. You will save your landscape and your finished basement while ensuring the cracks in the foundation are repaired.
Carbon fiber is durable and versatile. It can be installed anywhere on the wall. It also allows for any type of finishing you would prefer including painting over it or installing drywall. This solution is more affordable than most repair options and can be installed within a few hours by a small team. It is a great option for homeowners with finished basements.
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