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Floor Cracks

When you find cracks in the floor of your basement, it is a cause for concern. They are often a sign that the foundation of your house is in jeopardy.

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Keeping your home safe and dry can be tricky. Moisture can enter your home through basement windows or pipe floods. Cracks in a basement floor or foundation also can let water in, and any severe fissures might lead to standing water in a basement. Even if the damage looks terrible, the treatment is straightforward.

What Causes Floor Cracks 

Cracks in your basement floor can result from a variety of sources. Below are a few of the common causes of this issue.

The Clay Bowl Effect

When a home is originally built, a typical construction error can cause damage to the basement and the foundation. Primarily, the foundation and basement of a house are dug out in enormous holes dug by a contractor during the construction phase. There will be space surrounding the foundation and basement when each component is secured. Soil excavated earlier is then used to fill in the void. Because the soil of West Virginia is already silty loam, it is more easily washed away by storms or melting snow. There’s little doubt that the soil here is far more porous than it used to be.

Hydrostatic Pressure

Over time, the soil around your foundation will soak up water. All that additional water weight can put tremendous strain on the foundation. It could potentially cause the foundation to shift or even break apart completely. Foundation deterioration and basement fractures can both be attributed to hydrostatic pressure, a problem that affects many homes. Another sort of hydrostatic pressure is possible. During the winter, if any water seeps through your concrete foundation’s pores, it could be a problem. In freezing temperatures, stored water freezes over and expands, causing the foundation to break apart from the inside.

Foundation Settlement

Foundation settlement occurs when excessive soil dehydration causes it to shrink. As the soil shrinks, it can crack, and the chasms that open up remove support from your foundation in many places. In this case, sections of a property’s foundation can settle into the cracks. This, in turn, can crack the basement floor above it. If it does not, the water that seeps up through the cracks in the foundation may eventually cause the basement floor to crack over time. Also, with a sudden freeze, your foundation can extend upwards, causing your basement floor to break. Root invasion from trees can also cause foundation heave.

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FAQs

There are numerous causes of basement floor cracking, but they all boil down to the same thing—excessive pressure concentrated in the incorrect areas. It doesn’t matter if this pressure is applied by water or by the earth beneath a house—the end consequence is cracking and wetness. A lot of water can seep into the soil around your foundation over the years, whether it’s from heavy rain, storms, or underground water. When water seeps into your basement, it may put a tremendous amount of strain on the foundation of your home, causing cracks to form and deepen.

Concrete floor cracks are certainly concerning, but they can be fixed and prevented from happening again with a variety of techniques. A critical step in determining the root cause of basement floor cracks is to investigate. A recurrence of cracks is inevitable if all the underlying causes are not identified and addressed. For this type of damage in your basement, you’ll need to take precautionary steps like waterproofing. Before we can finish the basement floor repair, we will need to fix any foundation problems you may have.

We at Foundation Systems of West Virginia do not recommend trying to repair cracks in your basement floor on your own. Cracks typically mean that there is an underlying cause that must be repaired before the cracks are fixed. If you simply patch the cracks, this is a cosmetic fix that does not tackle the underlying cause. Contacting a professional foundation services company like Foundation Systems of West Virginia is the best option when it comes to repairing the cracks running along the floor.

Call Your Local Basement Experts for A Free Inspection

It’s often difficult for homeowners to identify problems in their basement until the damage is considerable. But it is helpful to be able to recognize warning signs of trouble in your basement so you can call in the professionals before the damage gets out of hand. If you notice cracks forming in your basement floor, it’s a good sign that your foundation needs repair. This might have a cascading effect across the rest of your house. While this is worrisome, it is not insurmountable. Basement Authority of West Virginia is pleased to serve homeowners in Charleston, Huntington, Morgantown, and nearby. Contact us today for a free inspection and estimate with one of our experienced professionals!

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