Every house is inevitable of repairs once in a while. Cracks are some of the common kind of repairs that are done in a house. Once you have a crack on your house, it is important that you address it as soon as possible to avoid further damage. However before you invest your money in repairing the crack, it is important to do an evaluation of the crack so that you may know if it is worth doing the repair or not and to also know how much the repair may cost. It will not only help you save on cost but also on the time that you may have used in doing the repair. When you are considering doing a repair evaluation, the following are factors to keep in mind:
Location of the cracks
There are some locations in a house that are more prone to cracks than others. The location of the crack and can say a lot about the crack. It can help to determine the cause of the crack and how it can be repaired. The location of the crack can also help in determining how urgent the crack repair is.
Type of the crack
In checking the type of the crack it is the size and shape of the crack that are looked at. The type of crack can help in determining the source of the crack or the force that has caused the crack. That can help in deciding what kind of repairing techniques can be used on the cracks. For example small cracks can just be repaired with cosmetic repairs unlike structural cracks that will need serious fixing. Normally structural cracks are most of the time those that are more than ¼ inches in size. Structural cracks are also likely to advance further if they are not fixed on time.
Site conditions and historical factors
In checking the site conditions, the current conditions of the site before construction, during construction and after construction are considered. That can help in identifying the cause of the crack and how it can be repaired. The historical factors of the site conditions of the site such as volcanic activity of the site can also help in identifying the cause of cracks and how it can be fixed. Some structural elements during construction that may be missing may be the cause of cracks.
Rate of change
When it comes to cracks, there are cracks that are caused by onetime events and there are those that are recurrent and there are also those that may be continue propagating with time. Onetime event crack are easy to fix as compared to recurrent or those that continue propagating with time. In knowing the rate of change, it will help in knowing how to fix the underlying problem first.
Knowing the kind of crack is important as it will save you costs and time as well. Even though it looks like it will be expensive to get a professional to do it for you, it is very much worth it and will save you costs in the long run. If you are considering Kansas City foundation crack repair, then you should get a professional to do the evaluation for you.