Boston Foundation Repair

As winter is fast approaching you are running out of time to do your Boston foundation repair project. In the Boston area, our winters consist of regular freezing and thawing outside. Cracks in the foundation absorb moisture, freeze, widen cracks, and repeat all winter. Each time the cracks fill with water and freeze there is a good chance that the crack expands in size. The more times this occurs the higher chance you have for water infiltration into your basement or building envelope.

Most foundations in Boston will consist of either brick, concrete, block, and mortar. Making foundation repairs in Boston over the winter when we have below freezing temperatures is very difficult. New concrete and mortar do not set correctly with lower temperatures, which can require additional costly measures to get the job done. Not to mention having to deal with the elements of snow, ice, and accessibility challenges. So although it is possible to make foundation repairs during the winter months it is much better to make them now.

How do you know if your Boston foundation requires repair?

The best thing to do is to call a professional foundation repair company and ask for an inspection. Fitzgerald Restoration offers free estimates. Call us anytime and we will come out and provide you with an estimate. There are some obvious signs that property owners and property managers can look for to see if their foundation has a problem.

  1. Are there any cracks in the foundation? This is the simplest one to look for. Any cracks on the inside or outside are something that should be inspected by a masonry professional. Properly filling small cracks will prevent expansion and minimize the extent of future repairs.
  2. Is there any pudding or standing water up against the foundation? Water sitting up against a foundation is never good. A foundation is made out of porous materials. If water rests up against a foundation long enough it will make its way through. These are areas that should be inspected to ensure there is no damage.
  3. Are there water stains on the foundation interior? Just because the basement is dry today when you check it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are in the clear. If there are water stains this should be a cause for concern. A foundation may not leak every time it rains or snows. It may only leak when there is significant rainfall or a driving rain. Signs of water infiltration is never good and should be addressed.
  4. Is there cracked mortar near the foundation? This is one of the most common simple fixes that gets ignored and can turn into bigger problems. Mortar sits in between the brick or block foundation. Mortar is porous. If there are cracks, water will get into them. When temperatures drop the water will freeze and expand, breaking the mortar.  Repairing the mortar around the foundation is a quick and easy fix.

Fitzgerald Restoration is a full-service masonry contractor. We can assist you with your Boston foundation repair project. We are licensed and fully insured. Call us today to schedule a free no obligation foundation repair estimate. Our years of experience completing Boston foundation repair projects will help make your job go smoothly and on budget.