How Floor Cracks Can Lead to Basement Water Damage 

Water can enter a basement in several different ways, and one of the most common entrance points is through floor cracks. Whether it’s a tiny hairline crack or a very large crack, water can seep through any size and make its way into your basement.

If you notice any sort of crack in your basement floor, contact our experts at Total Foundation Solutions to come evaluate your home’s situation.

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What Causes Floor Cracks?

Floor cracks are typically a sign of a much bigger problem with your home. They often indicate that your foundation is settling. 

Soils underneath your foundation can shift from extreme weather conditions, causing them to expand during rainstorms or contract during dry weather. This constant expansion and contraction causes the soils that support your foundation to lose their compaction. 

The soils then become much less supportive of the weight of your foundation and cause it to settle into the ground. As it settles, it puts pressure on your basement floors and can cause them to crack. 

How Does Water Enter Your Basement?

Now that your basement floors are cracked from foundation settlement, they can easily allow water to enter your basement. 

No matter what size of floor crack you have, water can push through and enter your basement. 

Hydrostatic Pressure

Hydrostatic pressure is one of the main causes of water entering your basement through floor cracks. During heavy rains, the ground becomes so saturated with water that it puts pressure on your home’s foundation. 

If there are any cracks in your basement floor, the pressure can push the water through those cracks and cause your basement to flood. To avoid water damage from hydrostatic pressure, your basement floor cracks must be fixed.  

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Water Seeping Through Floor Crack

Water seeping through floor cracks can result in these symptoms and cause extensive damage to your basement.

Symptoms of Basement Water Damage

Symptoms of water damage can show in many different ways. It’s not always as obvious as a pool of water on the floor. 

If water enters your basement through floor cracks and is left untreated, the water can cause damaging effects to your basement or even the rest of your home. 

Symptoms of water damage include:

Mold Growth

In order for mold to grow, moisture must be present. If water sits in your basement, mold can grow in as little as 24-48 hours if the conditions are right. A completely waterproof basement is not at risk for mold growth. 

Musty Odors

Untreated water damage can give off a foul smell and cause musty odors to infiltrate your basement, as well as the main living areas of your home.  

Structural Damage

Water can weaken any wooden floor joists or beams in your basement and compromise the structural integrity of your home. Weak floor joists can cause your interior floors to sag. 

Bug & Pest Infestation

Bugs and pests love to live in damp places. If you notice an unusual increase in unwanted visitors, it could indicate water damage in your basement.

The Stack Effect

Unfortunately, the damage can also impact the inside of your home. The stack effect is a phenomenon that allows the air inside your basement to enter your home’s main living areas. If the air in your basement is musty or contains mold spores, it can seep through your floorboards and enter your home. 

How to Repair Floor Cracks

Floor cracks are often an indication of foundation settlement issues. In order to completely fix the problem, you may need foundation repair to ultimately fix the cracks and prevent them from becoming worse. 

We offer the following foundation repair solutions to fix your floor cracks:

  • Push piers: Push piers reach greater depths than any other type of solution, which can sometimes come in handy for restoring concrete slabs and getting rid of cracks in the process.
  • Helical piers: Helical piers are suitable for both light and heavy loads, which can make them appropriate for concrete slab settlement and floor crack repair.
  • Slab piers: Occasionally it might be practical to use concrete slab piers and brackets to transfer the weight of the slab to load-bearing soil and lift and level the concrete.

Floor Crack Repair from Total Foundation Solutions

Total Foundation Solutions is your floor crack repair expert throughout Northwestern PA and Western NY.

Contact us today for your floor crack repair estimate!