The most visible Structural Problems that
occur on block and brick foundations are cracks. Cracks in
the foundation are usually caused by normal foundation settlement.
In most cases, this occurs in foundations that were poorly
constructed with deficient reinforcing rebar (vertical enforcement)
and deficient durawalls (horizontal reinforcement). Cracks
can also occur when the block or concrete walls are built
off of the footing or without a footing altogether. Other
causes can be attributed to poor material and workmanship.
In every case, however, the cracks will
only get bigger over time and more costly to repair. Horizontal
cracks for example, if left unchecked, will not only get bigger
but also cause the wall to bow inwards. To permanently correct
this problem, wall pins and/or I-beams need to be installed.
For vertical or inclined cracks, the best solution is to use
Wall Stitches. When cracks are very advanced and pose a serious
structural problem, a more costly wall replacement is necessary.
Although the examples above cover a majority
of cases with Structural Problems, a Foundation Specialist
must perform an extensive inspection to pinpoint the causes
and outline a Structural
Repairs solution. Amazonia Waterproofing, Inc., president,
Allan Santos, will use his 16 years of foundation experience
to draw a conclusive plan to fix your foundation and save