Cracks in the interior basement walls are a possible symptom of foundation problems that may require repair.
Some basement wall cracks occur simply due to concrete shrinkage from when the home was built. If these hairline cracks aren’t leaking or getting larger, then most likely there’s no problem to be concerned about.
But if the cracks in the interior walls are large, or the basement wall is bulging and/or bowing, this could be a symptom of a more serious problem.
Look Out for Warning Signs
Here are a few things to look for to try to understand the problem:
- Is the floor on either side (or both sides) of the wall uneven or sloping?
- Are windows and/or doors in the home jamming or failing to open/close properly?
- Stair-step cracks in the exterior wall near the interior wall with the cracks?
- Evidence of water leaking through the cracks?
If you discover any of these warning signs, you may require a local basement wall repair contractor to perform an inspection. ’58 Foundations & Waterproofing can help determine what’s causing these symptoms and how to tackle the source of the problem.
Possible Causes for Cracks in the Interior Walls
There are two possible causes for cracks in the interior walls. These kinds of basement wall cracks can occur due to…
- Uneven settling of the foundation
- Hydrostatic pressure
Foundation settlement tends to be because of changes to the soil beneath the foundation. Some examples include soil compaction and soil displacement by groundwater.
Controlling Outside Water to Protect Your Foundation
Water is a common culprit when it comes to basement wall cracks. Here are a few quick tips that will help:
- Keep your gutters and downspouts clean and functioning properly.
- Make sure your grading is sloping away from the foundation.
- Do not plant trees too close to the house.
These steps will help minimize the amount of water that reaches your foundation, which can reduce the chance of cracks in the interior walls.
’58, the Local Basement Wall Repair Contractor You Can Lean On!
’58 Foundations & Waterproofing has been helping homeowners like you since 1958! Our five-star services include…
- Foundation Repair
- Basement Waterproofing
- Crawl Space Encapsulation
- Mold Removal
Since 1958, we’ve been continually perfecting our methods. We offer quality products like our ’58 Strong Helical Piers to stabilize foundations and our Carbon ’58 Wall Straps to stop further movement of those cracks in the interior walls. If groundwater is a part of the problem, our ’58 basement waterproofing system will keep that water moving away from your home using specially-engineered products such as our Channel ’58 drainage channels. Whatever is causing the cracks in the interior walls of your basement, we’ll have a comprehensive solution for you.
To schedule for a free inspection and price quote, contact us today! We have local offices all throughout the Eastern Seaboard. Whether you live near Baltimore, MD, Philadelphia, PA, or Johnson City, TN, you can rest easy knowing that ’58 is there to help with all your basement wall cracks! Be sure to ask about our life-of-the-structure warranty and money-back guarantee!