Floor Cracks

One of the more perplexing issues that homeowners face with their wet basement is the challenge of stopping water from rising up through their basement floor.

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Floods from the floor. A wet basement floor may also show floor cracks which expose basements to water underneath the slab.

One of the more perplexing issues that homeowners face with their wet basement is the challenge of stopping water from rising up through their basement floor.

Basement floor repair and basement floor cracks, fortunately, can be easily and effectively repaired as part of a proper perimeter drainage system.

If you have cracks in your basement floor or concrete slab, they are likely caused by movement in your foundation. Depending on soil conditions, many foundations experience foundation settlement or foundation heave, placing stress on the concrete and eventually causing it to crack. Shrinking soils, soil washout, and poor compaction of backfill soil can all lead to your foundation slab sinking and settling.

Floor cracks create tripping hazards, make a home uncomfortable, and reduce your property value. We can eliminate these side effects by installing foundation pier systems to raise and level your floors. These piers reach stable soils to provide better support for your concrete slab and stabilize it. We then repair the cracks themselves and restore your floor to its original smooth, level condition.

If you’d like a free quote for repairing basement floor cracks, contact us by phone or e-mail today!

Steps to Waterproof A Leaky Floor Crack

When it’s necessary to fix a leaking basement floor crack, we at Ohio Basement Authority usually suggest installing a lateral line drainage system to collect water from the crack and redirect it to your sump pump system. When installing this kind of floor drainage system, we follow these three steps:

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  • Install A Perimeter Drainage System: We strongly recommend that your first step is to install a perimeter drainage system. This will often intercept the water before it reaches your floor crack, ensuring a dry basement and eliminating the problem.
  • Install a Drainage Channel, Starting at the Crack: When direct drainage is necessary, we can remove a section of the basement floor and run a line of PVC underneath. This PVC line would lead to your sump pump. When pitched properly, any water entering the drain will be directed naturally to the sump pump.
  • Restore the Floor: After the drain has been installed, your waterproofer will backfill with stone and place fresh concrete over the area for a clean, professional look. Allow three days for this concrete to cure properly before walking on it or reapplying weight to the surface.

Are Lateral Drains Always Needed?

In most cases, a lateral drain will not be recommended for waterproofing your basement cracks in the floor. Most water that collects under the floor will be taken care of by the sump pump or perimeter drainage system before the water can push up through the floor cracks.

In the case of serious flooding through cracks, however, creating a lateral line to your drainage system is an easy, cost-effective way to help keep your basement dry.

We waterproof basements in Ohio, including Columbus, Springfield, Mansfield, Cincinnati, Dayton and throughout southern Ohio.

To learn more about what we can do to waterproof your basement, call or e-mail us today for a no obligation, free basement waterproofing quote!

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