Basement Floor and Wall Crack Repair

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When you notice a crack in the floor or wall of your basement, the first instinct may be to panic and worry about the potential issues. Is there going to be a water problem? Will the cracks get worse over time? Can I fix this myself? The answers to these questions are dependent on a variety of factors including what the cause of the crack is, how old the home is, where the crack is, and how it is oriented in the flooring. A horizontal crack in the basement wall could be an indicator of a bowing wall, while a vertical crack could be an indicator of foundation settlement. The same goes for floor cracks, often times they are the result of the concrete shrinking as it cures but it could be an indicator of a settling foundation as well. This is why it is important to have an expert come out and look at the cracks to help you determine why the cracks formed in the first place as well as to evaluate how much of a problem they are and what can be done to repair the crack.

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Problem: Floor Crack Seepage

Floor Crack Seepage

Floor cracks are caused by hydrostatic pressure from underneath your home. This is primarily a foundation settlement problem as well as a waterproofing problem- where having a proper water mitigation system can help prevent the issue entirely, while the initial damage of any concrete my need to be repaired first depending on the severity of the cracks and settling. Cracks on your basement floor are an early warning sign for shifts in the foundation slab and rising & falling water tables that are not being properly drained. This comes from clay rich or weak soil conditions during rainy or snow-thawing seasons.

Many homeowners will not realize that this is an issue that requires immediate attention. The longer you wait, the higher the chances are that you will experience additional structural problems or water damage.

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Solutions: Repairs For Cracked Basement Floors

  • Liquid Urethane Injection
  • SafeBase™ Push Piers
  • SafeTrack™ Water Evacuation System

Problem: Cove Joint Leaks

Cove Joint Leaks

A cove joint is the area where the floor meets the wall within the basement. In over 50% of cases basements are preinstalled with 2 slabs: the floor slab and the wall slab during the concrete pour of construction. If you do not have a waterproofing system set up and live on unstable soil conditions you can suffer from leaks going in and through the small openings. Constant change in the soil puts pressure on the basement walls and floors which pushing water and moisture in through the cove joint- especially during the rainy and snow-thawing seasons. The leaks can start small and if left untreated can become larger as concrete deterioration occurs and more soil/water pressure continues to build up.

Solutions: Methods For Fixing Leaky Cove Joints

Many of our competitors believe that the best solution to leaking cove joints is to seal off the cove joint. However, at Poseidon Waterproofing, we feel this will cause a lot more harm than good. When you seal this area off, the increased hydrostatic pressure created from the changing water table will continue to put extreme amounts of pressure on the joint. The seal will eventually break and you will find water in your basement once again.

  • The SafeEdge™ System
  • SafeDrain™ Waterproofing System
  • SafeTrack™ Water Evacuation System

Problem: Leaky Concrete Walls

Leaky Concrete Walls

Over time, the foundation of your home can weaken and become brittle. As this happens, it can begin to crumble in certain areas which will create cracks and openings for water to leak inside. The concrete can weaken and degrade all along your foundation. Any moisture that seeps inside will likely run down the wall creating a visible stain. Water will can collect in pools on the floor near the cove joint (where the wall meets the floor). If you notice any leaks or crumbling sections of concrete in your foundation, contact a professional at Poseidon Waterproofing ASAP so we can evaluate the issue and prevent any additional problems.

Solutions: How We Repair Wall Crack Leaks

  • The SafeEdge™ System
  • SafeDrain™ Waterproofing System
  • SafeTrack™ Water Evacuation System

Problem: Leaking Pipe Penetration

Leaking Pipe Penetration

Pipes that are penetrating through your concrete wall within the basement is hazardous to the concrete itself. Overtime exposure to water can lead to deterioration and create more problems such as mold, rust, and wall cracks. Pipe penetration are usually plumbing pipes that reside within your basement and flow throughout your home. If the area where the pipe was installed is not properly sealed or the seal has broken, you will find leaks coming from the outside seeping inward. Leaks can also comes from the pipe if it's broken or cracked- however this is usually not the issue.

Solutions: How We Repair Leaky Penetrating Pipes

  • Liquid Urethane Injection

Problem: Tie Rod Dampness

Tie Rod Dampness

Tie Rods (form ties) are the steel pieces used to hold both sides of the concrete forms together when your foundation is initially poured. After the concrete has cured and the forms are taken off the sides, the ends of the tie rods are broken off which leaves part of the steel rod still inside the cured concrete. These can eventually rust over time and leave a hole which water can pass through.

If the tie rods rust, they will create holes in your concrete walls. These holes will make it much easier for water to seep through the walls and into your basement or crawl space. This is a common basement problem, and a lot of homeowners in the area tend to ignore it because they assume solutions to these issues are very difficult or costly, or they think it's not as big of a problem as it really is.

Solutions: Our Methods For Tie Rod Issues

  • Liquid Urethane Injection

Problem: Masonry & Stone Foundation Seepage

Masonry Foundation Leaks

If your stone foundation has leaks, then you know it is a problem. Typically, this type of foundation is found in homes that are fairly old. At the time of construction, this method was very reliable and the materials were very strong. However, over the years, the rocks are exposed to weathering and can become brittle and weak, and they may allow water to seep into the basement of your home. As a homeowner in Pennsylvania, if you're heading into your basement and seeing puddles on the ground or the floors are stained from water standing, you might not know what to do and you may panic thinking that the only solution to the problem is to get total foundation replacement. Fortunately the experts at Poseidon Waterproofing know there have been numerous advancements over the years in the foundation repair industry, and our team will be able to provide you with effective and affordable basement waterproofing systems that will be able to put a stop to the water entering your home.

Solutions: Our Methods For Mason Wall Leak Repairs

  • Liquid Urethane Injection>

Any one of our systems will fix the core issue that caused the crack in beginning before it became a problem. Each system we carry ranges from extreme cases of basement leaks to minor seepage problems.

  • The SafeEdge™ System
  • SafeDrain™ Waterproofing System
  • SafeTrack™ Water Evacuation System

Problem: Basement Window Well

Basement Window Well

If the drains in your window wells are clogged or blocked, they can fill up with water pretty quickly. We even see many homes in the area that do not have drains or even covers installed on their window wells. This can end up causing a lot of problems, especially in homes that have older wells or windows because the seals around them can be weak or even degraded completely. If you have these problems, you may be due for some upgraded window wells that are safer, better sealed, and more energy efficient. This will help reduce energy costs and keep unnecessary water out of your home.

If you are a homeowner, you should be able to recognize the signs and be on the lookout for any problems that may indicate that you have a problem with leaks around your window well. The most obvious sign of a problem will be if you see water dripping down the wall and onto the floor. If there are any water stains that are now dried, that is a good indicator as well. If the wells are filled with water during rains or after, that is another sign that they are not draining properly. If you notice any of these signs, you need to get in touch with Poseidon Waterproofing immediately to stop any additional damage in or around your home.

Solutions: A Waterproof Basement Window With Well

Getting a waterproof window for your basement is the most optimal solution with no way around it. If the seals are broken or the yard grading is poor, having an egress window with a well will be sufficient to help keep your basement thoroughly waterproofed.

  • Egress Basement Window with Well Drain

Problem: Floor Drain Backup

Floor Drain Backup

Historically, simple floor drains were the only waterproofing system installed in the average Pennsylvania home. If your home is older, you will probably have one of these drains in your basement. They were generally installed in the lowest area of the floor and would be used to drain away water if there was a leak or a broken pipe. The problem with simple drains is that they can be easily clogged and they are usually installed in the soil where tree roots and plants can grow through or into them. If this happens, they will be clogged permanently. These drains are also usually tied into the sewer line so it's common to have nasty odor coming from these drains.

Many times, a homeowner with a flooded basement and a floor drain will call the plumber instead of a waterproofer like Poseidon Waterproofing because they think this is the best solution to the problem. The plumber will likely be able to use a rodding tool and a camera to see where the clog is in the drain, and they can even remove it. But, how long is it before the very same problem happens again and leaves you with inches of water under your home?

Solutions: Assisting the Basement Floor Drain

Once your flood drain is unclogged or your flooding has subsided, we recommend assisting the drainage in your basement with a waterproofing system. Many clogs come from massive amounts of water speeding up the natural clogging of drains that would normally take months to develop from average particles of leaves, hair, and debris. Having a waterproofing drain will help with the water loads of your drain and further more protect your basement from other damages.

Any one of our systems will fix this problem and will be decided depending on the severity of water. Each system we carry ranges from extreme cases of basement leaks to minor seepage problems.

  • The SafeEdge™ System
  • SafeDrain™ Waterproofing System
  • SafeTrack™ Water Evacuation System
  • Our Sump Pump System

Contact Us for Basement Crack Repair

If there are cracks in your basement walls or floors, you can contact us by completing our online contact form or calling us at 724-717-6360. An inspector will come out to evaluate your basement walls and floors, help you determine what has caused the cracks, and provide you with the available solutions to the problem