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Finding The Right Contractor For Home Repair

Hello, my name is John Chase and if you're like me, you enjoy doing home repair projects yourself. I'm far from being a professional, but I can do minor repairs on the outside of my house such as painting and repairing the gutters. If there's a big project to do and I know that I shouldn't tackle the task myself, I always hire an experienced contractor to do the job. As you read through this blog, you'll learn how to hire the best contractor for home repair. You'll also find out what types of jobs around the house that you can do yourself and when you should contact a qualified contracting company. I think that you'll find my blog informative and I'm supplying this information so that all of your home repair projects will be successful.


Finding The Right Contractor For Home Repair

How To Repair A Crack In Your Foundation

by Nicholas Jenkins

Foundation repair is a big issue that you'll want to fix as soon as you discover the problem. You can always call a professional to do this repair job for you but it's a pretty easy process that you can do yourself in a short amount of time. Doing the job yourself will also allow you to save some money in the process. 

Materials and tools

In order to complete this job you'll need some mortar, a trowel, a chisel, some triple expanding foam for the larger parts of the crack, a sponge and some water.

Apply the foam

If you've got a large crack in your foundation then you'll need to first fill it in with some triple expanding foam. The foam is easy to apply with a nozzle and will easily fill some large cracks in your foundation, allowing you to follow up with some mortar. Apply the foam into the largest parts of the crack and allow it to dry as per the manufacturers instructions. The foam does expand a lot so don't apply too much. If you find that the foam has expanded outside of the crack then use your chisel to scrape away any excess, leaving it flush with the wall. 

Expand the crack

It may sound crazy to make the crack bigger but it is necessary in this job. If you were to simply apply mortar to a very thin crack in your foundation then the mortar won't stick and will fall out with time. Use your chisel to make the thin portions of the crack slightly wider, giving yourself enough space to apply mortar.

Mix your mortar and apply

Mix your mortar according to the manufacturers instructions. Your goal is to have a texture that is not too thin and not too thick. You want it to be like a paste. When you reach the desired thickness, use a sponge and some water to wet the surface and then use your trowel to apply it to the crack in the foundation. If the crack has gone all the way through and is visible on both sides of the foundation then be sure to do this step both inside and outside. Smooth out the mortar with the wall using your trowel and then smooth it out again using a wet sponge. The wet sponge will give the wall some texture, as well as allowing the mortar to set properly. Let the mortar sit for a few weeks to make sure it is fully set. If you wish, after the mortar is fully set, you can paint the area to match the color of the foundation.