Floor Cracks

Floor Cracks

There are many signs that water could be causing damage to your basement or foundations. Direct Waterproofing offer a full range of professional solutions that can tackle any problem, and cure your basement of damp for good.

Floor cracks can happen for a number of different reasons, including water damage weakening the surface. They can be structural harmful, or more aesthetic, but they are always worth examining and treating.

What To Look Out For?

Floor cracks come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and will be quite apparent if you examine the concrete of the basement floor. You can expect a couple of small cracks in most floors, and as long as they are aesthetic they will not pose too much of a problem. However, they might develop into something worse, depending on the cause.

Even a non-structural floor crack can let moisture, water, and harmful gas from soil into your home. Some cracks can also further damage the structure of your property if left untreated. You may be able to identify these cracks as being larger, or running deeper into the concrete.

You can check the severity by monitoring the cracks for movement, and to see if they get bigger, but in any case it is best to contact professionals as soon as you notice any floor cracks.

Why Does This Happen?

Floor cracks can happen for a number of different reasons. When the building first settles, the floor can shift and crack a little. Concrete also shrinks a little when it is curing, and this can cause small cracks, especially around windows and doors, but also on floors too.

Another major cause, is when excess water finds its way into the concrete and weakens the surface. This can happen for a number of different reasons. Water may be pooling against your home, or could be finding its way in due to inadequate drainage or a lack of interior or exterior waterproofing.

What Solutions Are Available?

There are a number of solutions available in the event of a floor crack, and the solution implemented will depend on the severity of the situation.

At Direct Waterproofing, we use a number of methods. We will assess the damage and consult with you in a free consultation, before deciding which option is best to take. We may use a high grade sealant or hydraulic cement if the crack is quite minor, or we may opt for an epoxy resin injection or polyurethane injection if we need to repair a larger crack, and provide more structural integrity for your home.

If the floor crack was due to a leaky basement, we can find out exactly where the water is coming in, and tackle the problem at the source, so that it never happens again. A combination of superior drainage and top quality interior and exterior waterproofing solutions provide the perfect way to keep your basement warm and dry.

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