What your basement cracks are saying to you- Advice from foundation repair & waterproofing experts in NJ

If you look closely at any basement’s walls and floors, you’ll see different kinds of cracks and damage. Many of these are superficial and easily fixed but certain types of cracks are indicators of serious structural problems and potential water leaks. Overtime, if not handled properly, these issues can make your home an unsafe environment for you and your family. Here’s a guide from an expert basement waterproofing company for decoding your basement cracks:

  • Step cracks: These are cracks which follow the mortar in the wall, cracking between bricks and blocks. While they often look serious, they are not generally a significant cause for concern as they result from minor movement of the property’s footing or wall movement. They should be attended to quickly, however, if you start to notice moisture or paint peeling around the crack as water can seriously damage the structure further.
  • Horizontal cracks: These cracks occur when the wall is being displaced by pressure from outside the basement and are often affected by the changing seasons. Wet or frozen soil, for example, expands and pushes in against the wall, opening cracks. These are a serious issue and need to be dealt with professionally to correct the structural problem and prevent further damage (as well as water leaks) to your property.
  • Floor cracks: Basement floors are composed of poured concrete which leaves small, often spider-web like cracks as it dries out. These are superficial cracks and are nothing to be concerned about. However, if the cracks are parallel to the footing or the floor has become uneven where the cracks are appearing, you will need to have them evaluated professionally. It could indicate hydrostatic pressure from a damaged drain system or sump pump and could result in structural issues as well as flooding and mold.

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At Bonded Waterproofing Systems, we offer a free, no-obligation estimate which includes a Water Ingress Analysis to all our clients. Our basement foundation repair services are designed to give you an affordable, long-term solution and are backed up by an industry leading lifetime guarantee.

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