Are Floor Cracks in my Basement a Problem?
The short answer is yes. Usually, these types of basement cracks appear in concrete basement floors or garage slabs. These cracks may start out small and may not be very noticeable, but over time they will continue to get worse and compromise structural integrity or allow water to seep into your basement. The best thing you can do for a cracked basement floor is contact the professionals at Quality Foundation and have the damage assessed.
Cracked Floors: Signs of bigger problems
While a small crack in your basement floor may not seem like much to worry about, a cracking floor may be an indicator of a deeper problem. Floor cracks can be caused by a number of issues occurring around your foundation. The soil beneath your home can shrink due to dryness, expands due to hot weather, or heaves due to freezing and thawing. Moving soil can cause your foundation to shift, which then can cause cracks in basement floors.
Typically, when you see cracks in your floor, it’s a sign of foundation settlement. As your foundation settles, basement cracks can become visible. These issues will not go away on their own. Damage to foundations will only worsen with time and foundation crack repair should be started as soon as possible. Calling a foundation expert on the extent of the damage can save you from extensive foundation issues later.
Causes of Cracked Floors
Floor cracks can be caused by a number of issues occurring around your foundation. Moving soil can cause your foundation to shift, which then can cause cracks in basement floors. Here are some common causes of foundation shifting:
- The soil beneath your home shrinks due to dryness.
- Hot weather causes the soil beneath your home to expand.
- The soil beneath your home heaves due to freezing and thawing.
Foundation Settlement Repair
Keeping your foundation in good shape is one of the most important things you can do to maintain the value of your home (and prevent cracked basement floors). If you are experiencing any of the issues above, contact the experts at Quality Foundation for a full inspection. Visit our foundation repair page for more information on the different types of piers and how they can help fix your cracked floors.