If you have horizontal cracks on the stem wall of your foundation, you could have a serious foundation problem. These cracks are often a result of the rebar oxidizing. Given enough time, the concrete will spall and eventually split as the rebar dissipates entirely.
Luckily, the experts at Arizona Foundation Solutions of Tucson are here to help you solve foundation crack problems. We have years of experience with rebar and can provide you with a permanent solution that keeps your foundation strong and stable.
If you have cracks in your concrete foundation, call us today at 1-520-348-2052 or click below to get a free estimate on repairs in Sierra Vista, Tucson, Douglas and nearby Arizona!
Concrete foundation cracks are the resut of chloride ion exchange in the moisture laden pores of the concrete. This process allows for the oxidization of the rebar. Once this process begins, it's very difficult to stop with traditional means. Sealing the crack with epoxy will not stop the rebar from continuing to oxidize and expand.
Although cracks start out small, they will continue to grow. The pores of the concrete contain miniscule amounts of water that actually conduct electricity, forming a tiny current between the rebar and the outside of the concrete wall. The current facilitates a flow of chloride ions that cause the rebar to rust.
Eventually the rebar grows large enough to break the concrete out completely on its own, causing total failure. Don't ignore the warning signs! The good news is that we can fix these problems. We are your trusted experts for stem wall repair.
If you attempt any repairs to the concrete without first dealing with the chloride ion flow, the rebar will continue to oxidize and break out the concrete. The steps to repair this phenomenom are as follows:
1. Chip out the concrete to reach the rebar.
2. Sandblast the rebar and coat it with an ion blocking epoxy.
3. Patch the concrete with a cement patch material with an anodic inhibiting agent.
4. Finish the concrete to look like new!!!
We provide Free Inspections of your home. Call us today at 1-520-348-2052 or click to schedule your inspection! We service Tucson, Sierra Vista, Douglas, Green Valley, Marana, Benson, Bisbee, Willcox, Fort Huachuca, Sahuarita and nearby areas.