Regardless of the age of your Norristown home, it is possible that you may find cracks in the basement walls or floor. These cracks can be unnerving if you don’t know what they are from and/or are unsure of what to do to correct the problem if a problem exists. When you call the experts at Basements.com, they will be able to look at the issue and let you know if anything needs to be done, and what that entails.
Cracks in The Basement Floor
There are a number of reasons why you would see cracks on the floor of your Springfield basement. As the floor is typically poured concrete, it needs to dry out or “cure” before it is fully usable. It will dry quickly, and the rest of the house will be built around it. Over several months, you will sometimes see hairline cracks form on the floor. These cracks are nothing to be worried about, as it is a common occurrence, but if it bothers you, you can seal them with a special caulk made for this application.
You may also see cracks at the joint between the wall and the floor, and again this is from the drying and shrinking of the concrete over time. While these should not affect the structural nature of your King of Prussia basement, you will want to fill these with the same caulk you use on the floor. It is also possible that your floor might have been poured on a base that wasn’t sufficiently compacted, resulting in a slab that cracks from its own weight. This typically happens in a new construction that is settling and should be done in 12 to 24 months. After that time period, you can use a self-leveling cement product to put in the low spot(s) to have an even floor again. If, however, the slab is heaving upward, that is a major problem for your Wilkes-Barre home that needs a professional from Basements.com to come and evaluate it and develop a plan to correct it. For basement crack repair, please contact Basements.com
Cracks in The Basement Walls
You can also see cracks in your Chestnut Hill basement walls, and these are caused by similar reasons that you see cracks in the floor: shrinkage from drying too quickly, settling from the foundation being put on the ground that wasn’t sufficiently compacted, or from the ground moving around the house. This last reason is where you will often see larger cracks develop, and they should be addressed. Cracks in basement walls will eventually leak water, so you want to address these larger cracks as soon as possible. If you aren’t sure if your Philadelphia wall or floor cracks need to be addressed, give a call to Basements.com and they will be able to help you with all of your questions.