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Basement Wall Crack

Has your basement fallen victim to jagged cracks along the walls? 

While cracks are common in basements and foundations, they should never be underestimated. Left unchecked, they jeopardize your basement’s structural integrity and create pathways for water infiltration. 

Ohio Basement Authority simplifies the process of dealing with basement wall cracks. We are ready to assess these cracks, uncover their causes, and recommend proven solutions for lasting fixes. Homeowners throughout Central and Southern Ohio have trusted our basement repairs for nearly 15 years. 

This page explains why wall cracks develop and the optimal steps to halt their progress. 

What Constitutes a Basement Wall Crack? 

A basement wall crack denotes any split, fracture, or fissure in the material composing the basement’s perimeter structure. Cracks arise when external forces overpower the porous concrete’s weak tensile strength. 

While cracks don’t guarantee foundation failure, they do demand immediate attention to prevent worsening conditions, such as potential water intrusion and structural instability. 

All cracks are not the same. The crack’s location, type, pattern, and width determine its severity and the necessary repair techniques. Our inspection process analyzes all existing cracks to prescribe appropriate solutions. 

Uncovering the Causes of Basement Wall Cracks

Numerous factors contribute to the formation and expansion of basement wall cracks. During the inspection, our team guides you through understanding and identifying these triggers. 

Settlement and Shifting Soil

The soil beneath and around the basement naturally shifts over time. This can result from erosion due to rain or groundwater. Conversely, dry conditions might cause soil shrinkage, as seen here. In either scenario, the ground cannot adequately support the basement, causing cracks under its weight. 

Unevenly settled and poorly compacted backfill soil can also induce stress points. Settlement cracks usually run vertically or in a stair-step pattern and follow mortar joints in the wall. 

Hydrostatic Pressure

After rain or snowfall, subterranean water accumulates, generating substantial lateral force known as hydrostatic pressure. When this occurs adjacent to basement walls, it leads to bowing and bending. 

Over time, this pressure surpasses concrete’s tensile strength, giving rise to horizontal cracks near the floor. 

Freeze-Thaw Cycles

Seasonal freeze-thaw cycles subject the foundation to cyclic expansion and contraction. The concrete undergoes stress as water within the porous or cracked concrete freezes and thaws repeatedly. 

Improper Curing

Proper concrete preparation and curing are essential for the solidification and strength of your foundation. Inadequate concrete mixing, premature freezing, excessive water, and improper finish troweling yield more vulnerable concrete when exposed to the elements. 

Poor curing also heightens the risk of freeze-thaw damage. Although beyond your control, this issue can be rectified. 

Tree Roots

As tree roots seek water, they exert pressure on the foundation, damaging weak spots in basement walls, particularly near the perimeter where roots gain easy access. 

Accurate identification of the causes of basement wall cracks dictates the most effective repair techniques. Ohio Basement Authority offers solutions tailored to counteract these forces.

Can Basement Wall Cracks Be Repaired?

Absolutely! Thanks to ongoing advancements in basement and foundation repair, cracked walls and floors no longer mean the replacement of entire basement walls. You can now collaborate with professionals to reinforce walls, seal cracks, and establish lasting defenses against future cracks. 

Ohio Basement Authority deploys various wall reinforcement methods to shield basement walls from recurrent cracking. Our warrantied solutions ensure your basement remains secure, stable, and dry for years to come. 

Repairing Cracked Basement Walls: Our Process

Our repair process, trusted by numerous homeowners in Central and Southern Ohio, thrives on attention to detail and efficiency. Here’s what to anticipate when partnering with Ohio Basement Authority: 

1. Comprehensive Evaluation

We intricately chart all existing cracks, noting their locations, sizes, patterns, and openings. This analysis unveils whether settlement, hydrostatic pressure, tree roots, freeze-thaw cycles, or curing issues are responsible for the cracks. Our team also evaluates soil conditions and the foundation’s overall condition. 

2. Installation of Reinforcement Solutions

We install optimal reinforcement solutions to bolster vulnerable areas and prevent future cracking. These include: 

3. Integration of Waterproofing and Drainage

We implement an interior drainage system, dehumidifier, and robust vapor barrier to counteract hydrostatic pressure and prevent moisture penetration through the cracks. Our sump pumps actively divert water away from the foundation. 

The Ohio Basement Authority product line comprises industry-leading solutions customizable to your basement’s requirements. 

With nearly 15 years of experience in addressing cracked basement walls, we have the expertise to effectively strengthen basements and preserve their integrity. 

Why Delaying Wall Crack Repairs is Inadvisable 

Waiting until minor cracks escalate into major basement and foundation issues is ill-advised. Here’s why swift action is crucial: 

  • Cracks worsen over time due to ongoing external forces, often exponentially. 
  • Expanding cracks facilitate more substantial water infiltration, leading to exterior soil erosion, flooding, and potential basement mold growth. 
  • Ignoring cracks heightens the risk of further settlement, sinking floors, and compromising structural supports. 
  • Repair expenses surge as cracks grow, not to mention the costs stemming from secondary water-related damage. 
  • For safety, significant foundation cracks necessitate monitoring sensors in case of sudden spread. 

Don’t risk your home’s foundation and your family’s well-being. Ohio Basement Authority offers urgent, effective solutions to mend existing cracks and fortify your entire foundation for enduring performance. Our approach transcends superficial crack repairs, comprehensively strengthening basement walls and floors at their core. 

Contact Ohio Basement Authority for Expert Crack Repairs 

Cracks in your basement walls or floor slab demand immediate attention to avert foundation instability and costly water-related damage. 

At Ohio Basement Authority, we leverage industry-leading solutions to rectify existing cracks and reinforce your entire basement. 

We provide free, thorough basement inspections, so don’t hesitate to schedule yours today! Don’t settle for quick fixes. Address the root cause with comprehensive repairs from Ohio Basement Authority’s experts. 

FAQs

Minor hairline cracks are common in foundations and basement walls. However, large cracks wider than 1/4 inch or those that leak water may indicate a more serious issue that needs repair. If you are uncertain, contact local professionals like Ohio Basement Authority for a comprehensive assessment. 

The cost depends on various factors like the type of crack, its severity, location, the required repairs, and local rates. Contact Ohio Basement Authority for a free inspection and no-obligation estimate for a price breakdown. 

The duration of the repair process for basement wall cracks depends on different factors, including the severity of the cracks and the chosen repair method. Ohio Basement Authority will assess your situation and provide an estimated repair timeline. 

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