Repair Basement Cracks with Floor Crack Repair
Cracks in a basement floor are not only unsightly, but they can lead to much bigger, more expensive problems in your basement. Water can easily seep through any cracks in your basement floor and cause extensive water damage, which may lead to pest infestation, mold growth, musty odors, and even make it easier for dangerous radon gas to enter. No matter how big or small the crack may be, it will eventually cause problems in your basement.
If you notice floor cracks in your basement, contact MidAmerica Basement Systems to get the problem solved.
How Basement Floor Cracks are Created
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.
The weather can have a major impact on how much water enters your basement. Heavy rainstorms or melting snow can make its way through the cracks and cause even more damage with the excess moisture.
Floods from the floor: Floor cracks expose basements to water underneath the slab.
Steps to Waterproof A Leaky Floor Crack
When it’s time to fix a leaking basement floor crack, MidAmerica Basement Systems suggests 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 be 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.
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.
Lateral drains are not always needed for waterproofing your basement floor. Other systems like the sump pump or perimeter drainage system will typically take care of the problem on their own, so a lateral drain is not necessary. Lateral drains are usually only necessary during serious flooding, but most homes don’t require them.
Rely on MidAmerica Basement Systems for Basement Floor Crack Repair
We waterproof basements in Illinois and Iowa, including Cedar Rapids, Peoria, Waterloo, Davenport, Iowa City, Dubuque, Rock Island, Clinton, Moline, East Peoria and many areas nearby. Contact us today for a no-obligation, free basement waterproofing quote!