An appropriately constructed cinderblock foundation surpasses poured concrete in compression strength and requires an experienced foundation contractor and skilled bricklayers to complete the job properly.
A flawed foundation has cracks and water leakage issues, damaging the structural integrity of the house. In worse scenarios, foundation walls also begin to bend inwards to the point of total collapse, posing serious threats to the safety of the residents.
In addition, hairline stair step and horizontal cracks are the most common damage seen in cinderblock foundations.
Excessive moisture, along with compromised foundation footing often increase soil pressure on the wall, causing hairline cracks.
Cracks detected early on can be fixed using traditional means such as beams, anchors or carbon fiber sheeting. However, thick horizontal cracks, stretching across basements are a major concern and demand much more attention and expertise. Unbalanced soil pressure, lack of foundation anchors or landslides are some primary reasons for horizontal cracks.
There are several measures that can be taken to improve the condition of the foundation. One of these measures include a process known as underpinning, where the foundation is extended in depth or in breadth to a more supportive soil stratum to achieve a stable structure.
However, the process should only be executed by professionals who have the requisite knowledge and experience. Therefore, we recommend you to hire the assistance of a professional concrete contractor like Tony’s Masonry to ensure the best results.
Tony’s Masonry offers expert concrete and masonry contracting services for sidewalks, waterproofing, concrete restoration and epoxy flooring among many others. The residential services offered by Tony’s Masonry are also broad ranging, extending from cultured stone patios and brick staircases to concrete sidewalks and foundation repair.
The structural engineers will conduct a thorough assessment of your cinderblock foundation to determine plausible causes of structural failures, and formulate the best methods to fix the problems. Our objective is to provide quality masonry services within the budget and the affixed deadline for all clients.