Remodeling your basement is a good investment in your home.
But, before you spend thousands of dollars finishing that space, make sure there are no lingering foundation issues or problems that could cause big problems.
Keep reading below to learn why you should always repair foundation cracks first.
The Pros and Cons of Finishing Your Basement
USS has worked extensively with basement remodelers, contractors, architects, builders, real estate property investors, and homeowners alike when considering and planning a basement remodel.
There are many benefits to finishing your basement:
- Take advantage of more living space
- Stay organized by installing closets or shelves
- Create a unique hobby room or home gym
- Save energy costs by insulating your finished basement
- Increase your home value
Call us right away for foundation crack repair services if you plan on finishing your basement. It’s much harder to detect problems once the insulation, wooden frames, and drywall are installed.
You’ll have to rip out all of that expensive drywall if you discover foundation damage down the road.
Repair Foundation Cracks First
We should be the first company you call when finishing your basement. A home foundation crack repair can be done properly and cost-effectively with an epoxy injection.
This can be done in a few short hours. One of our experts will create multiple injection points in a crack and inject it with liquid resin-based epoxy. After two days, the material fully cures, and the crack is fixed permanently, creating a monolithic pour. It doesn’t just fill the crack; it works like “super glue” on concrete.
Any wider cracks in your foundation wall can be sealed with urethane foam, which expands to fit any void.
All foundation cracks (leaking or not) should be professionally injected with epoxy before finishing your basement. Once a concrete foundation has a crack, it’s not a question of whether it’ll leak but when.
And as we mentioned above, once the walls are finished, the only way to access a crack is to tear down the drywall and wooden framing. It’ll end up being three times the cost.
How to Detect Foundation Cracks in a Finished Basement
What if your house already has a finished basement? How can you tell if residential foundation crack repair services are needed?
Here are some tips on checking for foundation issues:
- Look around the exterior of the basement foundation from the outside
- Cracks in a concrete foundation will go all the way from the bottom to the top of the wall, and all of the way through
- See if you get water seepage in one or two specific spots in the basement after a heavy rain
- Check for droplets, tiny pools of water, or water damage on the drywall
- Look for sagging ceiling panels or bowing walls
- Does the basement smell moldy or musty?
- Find out if treated wood and vapor barriers were used in the build
- Look behind your finished basement’s access points (if one exists)
Schedule home foundation crack repair services if you detect any water or damage.
Get Your Cracks Fixed
We’re happy to hear you’re interested in finishing your basement, but please contact us as soon as possible to fix any foundation damage before investing a lot of money into a remodel.
We can seal up your basement walls for good.
Call us today at 847-382-2882 if you have any questions about foundation repair or if you’d like to schedule a free consultation.