If Floor Cracks are
causing water damage in your basement, our pros can address your floor crack problem, and help keep your
You Don’t Get Floor Cracks in Your Basement From Walking Hard – It’s Something Else
Unless you or someone in your home is a certified ogre, the floor cracks in your basement are likely
not from your big foot. But they could be a sign that you’ve got major foundational problems happening
underneath or adjacent to the surface of your East Alabama home. When you have concrete floors in your
basement, there are many kinds of cracks that can occur over time. Some are from settlement issues, and
some are from non-settlement issues. Think about the fact that your foundation is the middle pressure
point for all the connected parts of your entire house. So when gravity, or settlement, or concrete
shrinkage, or the effects of poor construction have enough time to sprawl out, the pressure may be
enough to cause cracks in your concrete. When this happens, moisture and gasses will begin seeping up
through your basement floor, causing all kinds of problems for you and your family.
The Role of Poor Drainage and Hydrostatic Pressure on Your Home’s Foundation
One of the ways that cracks form is actually an issue that falls fairly in the middle of settlement and
non-settlement issues is hydrostatic pressure. When you have poor drainage around your home, meaning
that the water flows towards your foundation instead of away from it, the accumulation of water around
your foundation will put tons of pressure on your foundation. This is called hydrostatic pressure, and
it is one of the quickest ways to buckle the foundation of your home. If left unattended, this pressure
will destroy your foundation, and eventually, your home. Regardless of how the floor cracks start, it’s
important that any crack over 1/8th of an inch be sealed by yourself or a professional.
Floor Cracks Might Not Be the End of Your Home’s Basement and Foundational Problems
Cracks in your basement floor, if left unattended, could be letting a steady stream of water and
gaseous substances into your home. Your home is already under enough assault from water as it works with
gravity, much less being attacked by the water and gasses below. Radon is one of the most feared gasses
that can seep up through floor cracks in your basement, and its prevalence in your home could be very
dangerous for you and your family.
It’s also important to pay attention to what happens to the pieces of the floor in and around the
cracks. Are you experiencing heaving, sinking, unevenness, gaps, spreading, flaking, or any other
strange movements of the concrete chunks? Your Foundation Repair expert from FoundationRX can help you
know for sure if you have a problem that needs addressing. Floor Cracks don’t go away on their own, and
could let harmful moisture and gasses into your home. If you’d like to schedule a FREE on-site
assessment for your East Alabama home, call or contact FoundationRX today. We’re on your side!