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Cracks in basement floorIt can be alarming to discover cracks in the floor of your basement, home, or garage. Although your initial reaction may be to simply cover them, they are often an indicator of foundation problems and should be looked at by a professional contractor before they are allowed to grow bigger. Northern Virginia is especially susceptible to these issues to do excess rain and humidity, so it’s important to be on the lookout.

How Can I Identify Different Types of Floor Cracks?

There are a few different methods for fixing floor cracks, but the first step in repairing them is identifying the type of crack your home is experiencing. A few of the most common varieties include:

  • Expansion cracks: Usually appearing next to another object (such as a brick wall or additional slab), expansion cracks are common in exceptionally hot conditions and are often accompanied by chipping or flaking.
  • Shrinkage cracks: These cracks are most common in concrete that is newly poured or in its first few years, and improper mixing or extremely hot temperatures are usually to blame. Shrinkage is a problem because it places tension on the slab, which the concrete must crack to relieve. They are usually found in the center of the slab surrounding pipes or other plumbing fixtures.
  • Cracks from settling: Soil shrinkage, erosion, and additional moisture-related factors can generate voids that develop underneath the affected foundation, resulting in floor cracks. Because the slab tends to cave in as well, this variety of crack presents itself in an obvious manner.
  • Cracks from heaving: The opposite of cracks from settling, heaving-related cracks are prevalent in colder months as the ground begins to freeze and raise several inches. Because the foundation is not allowed to move unrestricted, the concrete begins to crack. These cracks usually appear in conjunction with sloped or uneven floors.

Solutions for Floor Cracks in Your Virginia Home

Regardless of the cause of the cracks in your home’s floors, Basement Masters Waterproofing has the solution. Allow us to evaluate your home to determine the source of the problem and the appropriate course of action. One of our most popular crack-repair services is crack injections. We inject a high-density epoxy or polyurethane foam into the crack, where the solution expands to over 20 times its liquid volume, creating a permanent seal against bugs and moisture, strengthening the floor. Benefits of epoxy and polyurethane injections include, but are not limited to:

  • Quick and cost-efficient
  • Eliminates leaks
  • Further strengthens the affected area
  • No exterior excavation necessary
  • 10-year warranty

While crack injections are a viable solution for comparatively short or thin cracks, more extensive cracks often indicate deep-seated foundation issues. If your foundation is compromised, other areas of your home can suffer and result in wall cracks, bowing or leaning walls, or eventual basement water damage. These problems can be expensive and difficult to repair if allowed to compound over time, so it is always a good idea to have the damaged area inspected by a professional repair contractor such as our team from Basement Masters Waterproofing. If we determine that your foundation is to blame for your floor’s cracks, we will most likely recommend the implementation of our push pier or wall anchor installation services to secure, lift, and strengthen the compromised foundation against additional cracks or other problems.

Choose Basement Masters

Stop worrying and waiting to fix your home’s issues. Your health and safety could be on the line. We provide the best, most affordable options, so you don’t have to wait for that next paycheck to get started on repairs. If you notice floor cracks of any size or severity in your floor, contact our expert professional team at Basement Masters today for a no-cost evaluation! You’ll be glad you did.

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