Experts Advise: A Crack is Just a Crack

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Professionals offer tips to prevent common homeowner headache, a wet basement due to cracked and leaking foundation.

Water pooling on the basement floor, musty-smelling, damp air and the occasional wet socks are indications of the ultimate homeowner nightmare: water damage resulting from seepage through foundation walls. Every spring, unsuspecting homeowners suffer the telltale signs of a cracked foundation. Experts with The Crack Team , foundation repair specialists since 1985, advise that the considerable time and financial commitment associated with water damage is preventable.

“We see it every year at this time,” says Bob Kodner, president of The Crack Team. “Homeowners discover foundation cracks when spring rains saturate the ground and water seeps through.” He says many homeowners don’t realize that wall cracks are an inherent problem in poured concrete foundations. “They are scared to call a contractor because they think a crack is a bigger structural problem. We let homeowners know that aside from being the source of leakage, a crack is just a crack.”

The Crack Team offers the following tips to help homeowners minimize, and in some cases prevent, water damage due to cracked foundations:

  • Keep the gutters clean and free of debris. This allows water to flow freely through the gutters ensuring proper elimination;
  • Extend the downspouts. Adding a few feet to the downspouts will release water further from the home;
  • Check the yard grade. The ground should be sloped so water flows away from the property.

Kodner also suggests that homeowners take a moment to examine their basement walls for cracks. “Sometimes, taking steps to address common maintenance items can avoid water problems,” Kodner said. “But in cases where a basement crack is to blame for the leakage, foundation repair professionals can make a permanent repair and prevent additional damage.” He continues to point out that given the hours and expense associated with cleaning up a wet basement, taking a few minutes to check the walls is a small investment.

The Crack Team, recognized for its mascot, Mr. Happy Crack and his slogan “A dry crack is a happy crack!” has locations nationwide. Using its proprietary TeamSeal ® and TeamFlex ® products, The Crack Team’s process is quick, permanent and cost-effective. The average cost of an injection repair is in the hundreds of dollars, compared to other methods that can run into many thousands. All work comes with a fully transferable, life-of-structure “Happy Crack” Guarantee. For more information, a free estimate and to find the location nearest you, call 866-CRACK-TEAM or visit http://www.thecrackteam.com.    

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