If You Have Cracks in Your Basement Floor, Get Basement Crack Repair
Cracks in a basement floor can invite unwanted pests, water leakage into the basement, and also provide an easement for dangerous radon gas. No matter how big or small the crack is, they will eventually get worse over time and can cause serious damage.
If you notice floor cracks in your basement, contact MidAmerica Basement Systems to get the problem solved.
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.
Over time the basement concrete will experience some degree of shrinkage. Controlled cracks can be put into place when the concrete is poured, but cracks are impossible to prevent and no matter what the concrete will eventually crack.
When the water is not coming from the plumbing it could mean the water is coming up through the ground from the water table rising. Escalated moisture weather events—such as flooding or snow melting—may cause the water to rise and flow through the cracked basement concrete.
Fortunately, basement floor cracks can be easily and effectively repaired as part of a proper perimeter drainage system.
If you'd like a free quote for repairing basement floor cracks, contact us today! We serve in Peoria, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Waterloo and throughout the surrounding areas.
Floods from the floor: Floor cracks expose basements to water underneath the slab.
Steps to Waterproof A Leaky Floor Crack
When it's necessary to fix a leaking basement floor crack, we at MidAmerica Basement Systems 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:
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.
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.
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.
Water can also rise directly through the porous concrete of your floor slab.
Carpet or wood installed on the concrete will trap this moisture underneath, resulting in mold and rot. Be sure to seal your basement floor before installing carpet or organic materials.
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 Illinois and Iowa, including Cedar Rapids, Peoria, Waterloo, Davenport, Normal, Iowa City, Dubuque, Rock Island, Clinton, Moline, East Peoria and many areas nearby.
To learn more about what we can do to waterproof your basement, contact us today for a no obligation, free basement waterproofing quote!