February 25, 2013

Cracks In Basement Floor: Causes & Fixes

Basement floor cracks
What causes basement floor cracks? 
There are many reasons why your basement floor cracks: from poor concrete mix to environmental factors and settlement.

Hairline cracks can be caused by improper curing or a bad concrete mix. But if the crack grows, is wider than 1/8-inch, or the edges don't match up, you may have a foundation problem on your hands.

Settlement occurs when the soil your home is built upon can no longer support the weight of your home. Settling is caused by substandard soil, heavy rain, drought and even earthquakes.

How to fix a crack in basement floor
If the crack is just a cosmetic problem (check with an expert first), you can patch it. But if you end up patching the concrete and the crack reappears, you have a foundation problem.

Don't be tempted to try and fix a foundation problem by yourself. An improperly repaired foundation will continue to settle, and will develop other problems. This is a job best left to the experts. Give us a call at 866-370-4816 to schedule your free inspection and estimate.

Foundation Repair Solutions 
The severity of your basement floor crack and the source of the problem will dictate the solution. If the soil immediately under your basement foundation has washed away, PolyLevel may be recommended to fill and lift the void.

PolyLevel is a high density polyurethane foam which is injected beneath the slab. The foam dries quickly, without shrinking, stabilizing the slab and minimizing future settlement.

If your settlement problem lies within the soil, then a deep foundation solution may be required. In those cases slab or push piers may be installed. The piers are driven deep into the ground, until they reach bedrock or load-bearing soil. Once the piers have reached the stable soil, the load of your home is transferred onto the piers; stabilizing your home and even providing the opportunity to lift your home back to its original level.

Want to learn more? Get a free inspection today! Or, give us a call at 866-370-4816 to speak with one of our experts.

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