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What Happens If My Basement Foundation is Cracked?


What Happens If My Basement Foundation is Cracked?

In Basement Remodeling, Waterproofing by Joe Ellis / Posted: August 31, 2022

Foundation cracks are more common than you may think. Although some may be more serious than others, if you ever see or suspect a foundation crack, you should always have it checked. It is important to note whether the crack remains the same over time or continues to grow. If you have a crack and it is left unfixed, you could find yourself in a very costly situation. 

Causes of Foundation Cracks

There is a wide array of things that can cause your foundation to become damaged or cracked. If you notice a vertical crack, you should not be very concerned. These cracks are caused by house settlement and can happen in both new and older homes. If you notice horizontal cracks, this may be a sign of a much more serious issue. In seasons of heavy rain, the water pressure can cause a strain on the walls. Some causes can include:

  • Drainage issues: This is one of the most common causes of cracks in the foundation
  • Plumbing Leaks: Depending on how long the leaks have been going on, you could find extensive damage. 
  •  Poor Soil Compaction: Soil needs to be properly compacted or else the foundation may drop down and crack. 
  • Tree Roots: Roots will draw moisture out of the soils and can lead to cracks.
  • Frost uplift: If frost from cold climates reach below the foundation or the basement walls, the foundation can be damaged and crack

These are only SOME of many factors that can lead to cracks in the foundation. It is important to know potential risk factors. 

Warning Signs of Serious Foundation Cracks

There are several warning signs you can look out for if you believe you have a crack in the foundation. The most obvious sign are noticeable cracks. Besides that you may notice:

  • Un-level floors
  • Self-closing or opening doors
  • Gaps in doors or windows
  • Sagging or wavy roof
  • Cracked or loose floor tile
  • Stucco cracks

Fixing Foundation Cracks

Once you know you have a crack, the most important step is to get it repaired. If the crack is minor, you may not need to repair. Make sure it is stable and does not grow with time. For vertical cracks, or smaller cracks, urethane caulk or epoxy concrete can be used as a filler. This is an easy DIY project and can save you a lot of money. If you are experiencing horizontal cracks, as previously mentioned, you must contact a professional. These cracks are a sign of a much larger problem and need to be evaluated.

Choosing a Contractor to Help with Foundation Cracks

Experienced contractors can assess the damage and suggest what the best method of repair would be. Fixing foundation cracks can cost thousands of dollars. It is important to contact a professional in order to avoid additional costs. Contact us today Contact – Basements Plus (finishedbasementsplus.com)

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