FOUNDATION CRACK REPAIR
The foundation is the basis of your home that ensures your safety and comfort. Willfix experts are ready to commit and seal any foundation cracks — regardless of the difficulty.
Some cracks are harder to fix than others — and way more dangerous in the long run. Foundation cracks compromise your home’s safety, look, and value. Luckily, we can fix it.
Done on time, a foundation crack repair prevents any wet basement issues in the future
Professional foundation crack repair stabilizes your basement and improves its structural integrity
Cost-effective way to protect your belongings and your home value in the long run, not just here and now
In some cases, fixing just one foundation crack might not be enough. Our experts will also help you understand why it appeared in the first place.
Not all foundation walls are made equal. The materials and the technology are not always made to last more than 10-15 years.
Badly mixed concrete will react to the weather and temperature changes, revealing all the construction team oversights.
In the last 20 years, we performed over a thousand projects all across Toronto. We’re proud of our reputation and always appreciate the kind words from satisfied clients:
Repairing different kinds of foundation cracks requires different solutions, technologies, and materials. Identify what crack you have so we can find the most cost-effective way to fix it.
The most common type. Thin, barely notable cracks (one or multiple in one place) that occur because of soil pressure. These cracks are unopened and rarely cause leaks at this stage.
Vertical cracks occur because of soil pressure and are fairly common, but do not necessarily mean serious foundation structure issues. They still can grow and cause wet basement problems.
Horizontal cracks represent the biggest threat to your basement’s structural integrity, grow faster than other types, and should be fixed at early stages — as soon as possible.
Both small and large cracks have similar adverse consequences for your health, your house, and your safety. It’s important to repair any basement crack as soon as you notice one.
Your home’s foundation keeps your house fixed in place, keeps it stable and firm. A foundation crack is a threat to every aspect of it:
One by one, the problems will occur. From more cracks to cosmetic issues both inside and outside. It's just a question of time.
Every crack is an invitation and an open door to your basement. Sooner or later, the water from the soil will start leaking through the walls or the floor, with all the consequences:
There’s nothing good about having a wet basement. The more you wait — the worse it gets and the more expensive options you may need to make it dry and comfortable again.
A basement crack by itself is not a health hazard, but it’s a sign of a whole spectrum of dangers on their way. If you skip on basement crack repair, it may lead to:
Some of these effects may occur, some may not. We frankly wish you never having to face them. The only way to be sure is to repair all your basement cracks — even the tiniest ones.
In case you’re looking for the best quality for a fair price — the Willfix team is ready to commit and help you with any wet basement issues. We understand that you wouldn’t trust a complete stranger with your basement safety, your family’s health, and your comfort. Here are a few facts about us so we don’t feel like a stranger anymore:
YEARS OF EXPERIENCE
EXPERTS IN THE TEAM
Our team has all the necessary certification, including a plumbing license and a certified Structural Engineer. We’ll be happy to provide all the documents on demand.
We value safety and efficiency above all. You can rest assured that even in the worst cases you’re covered: WSIB certification for your project can always be provided upon request.
We stand for our word. Willfix experts will evaluate and estimate the project and give you a written, official registry — so that no extra expenses can ever occur.
We can drain your basement — but not your wallet. You can choose the materials, the technology, and review the whole process. Our job is to make sure you get the best quality for a fair price.
We understand the struggles a wet basement or a leak may cause. In all our projects, we aim at the same targets as you do: to solve the problem fast, keep the solution efficient, with the technology you can trust.
In short, if you see it — it IS serious. When cracks show up around your home, it could be signs of serious foundation problems and possible mold problems in your basement.
If one or two cracks aren’t enough to cause a problem in your basement, more cracks will surely appear, sooner or later, and cause issues as more water than usual is being pulled down into your home.
Not all cracks can cause your basement to leak, though. Cracks in concrete walls often happen from the weight of the house, but as long as there is not a major crack in your foundation walls, it may be okay.
There are many ways to repair foundation cracks that are not easy to reach. Some steps are fairly general and universal, some are more specific in terms of skills required.
Filling and sealing cracks: There are many different types of cracks that can occur on your foundation, but all of them will need to be filled with something, rock wool, concrete patch, concrete grinders, etc.
Crawl space access without removing the foundation wall: For very small openings, this might be your best option if you don’t want to remove the concrete foundation wall to fix a crack. There are several types of crawl spaces, but the most common one is the “closed” crawl space. This type can be found in nearly all homes built before the mid-1980s.
Crawl space access with concrete foundation wall removal: For more serious and larger cracks in the floor of your home, it may be necessary to remove the entire foundation wall and replace it with a new concrete wall. This will remove any debris, like water, that may have gotten into cracks or crevices in the original basement wall.
Repair cracks with a patch repair system: A concrete patch or rock wool can be used to fix small cracks in your basement flooring or walls and ceilings. It will also allow you to close off any drafts underneath your home.
A hairline crack, in simple terms, is a crack that hasn’t opened yet. It’s there, it’s compromising your basement’s structural integrity, BUT it’s not a threat yet. On the other end of the crack, there might be water building up, but it’s not leaking into your basement. Again — just yet. Hydrostatic pressure, the expanding and shrinking soil (especially if the area where your house is located has a lot of clay in the soil), and many other factors will eventually lead to the crack expanding.
Every hairline crack, if not sealed and repaired on time, will inevitably become a full-scale dangerous crack. It’s just a question of time.
According to Health Canada, asbestos is a major health hazard. It’s known to cause cancer, asbestosis (a respiratory disease that troubles your breathing), and other issues. Asbestos negatively affects your health. When it’s sealed in your attic or in your basement — it’s not that harmful, since no asbestos particles reach your lungs or spread around your house. However, when you do literally any kind of work — including drilling, demolition, or even smoothing of the house structure’s elements — it gets dangerous.
Unfortunately, asbestos was commonly used in building materials, including insulation, drywall, and cement. It was banned in the 1980s, but if your house is built before that — there’s a chance that you can still find this dangerous material in some of the home’s systems.
The last thing you want to do is to disturb it. And that’s exactly what happens when a major crack opens. Maybe it’s not even in the wall itself, but the crack partly contacts the sealed communications, and the asbestos particles spread around your home interior.
Our experts know that testing for asbestos in old homes should always be step number one, before even cleaning the area and starting any foundation crack repair.
Foundation cracks are way more common than one would expect. In general, you can expect them every 10 years or so, unless your foundation gets a thorough examination and proper treatment annually.
The problem is that hydrostatic pressure is constant — it just never stops. The pressure that your walls have to withstand may change with seasons or the weather, but it’s also always there. And while the liquid in the soil refreshes fairly often, with every snowfall or rainfall, your foundation walls stay the same. With age, they tend to lose integrity, bend, bow, and obviously — crack. It’s a common issue if you have no foundation repair done or your foundation is reinforced on time.
Foundation crack repair is effective, but it’s a troubleshooting solution — not the way to be 100% sure that your basement is safe from leaks and water’s degrading effects.
Willfix team has over 20 years of experience in eliminating all sorts of wet basement issues and we’re ready to help anyway.
Willfix experts are familiar with the specifics of the Great Toronto Area and have enough experience to deal with any basement waterproofing job in any city. We know that snowy winters, frequent rainfalls, and groundwater management issues are equally damaging to basements and foundation walls of people in all communities.