Many of the basement wall cracks serviced by Basement Repair Specialists have existed for some time, but had not been a homeowner’s priority until after beginning to leak water. While understandable, cracks in the foundation should be a cause of concern for a variety of reasons, whether they leak water or not. Reasons for Having Basement Wall Cracks Inspected:
- To rule out any structural deficiency in the foundation. While most cracks form as a result of normal concrete shrinkage and would be considered non-structural, other influences such as freeze/thaw cycles, soil movement and pressure against the foundation can cause cracks to develop. These cracks have the potential to eventually compromise the integrity of the foundation.
- Whether a crack leaks water or not, the opening in the concrete may provide an entry for potentially dangerous soil gases, including radon, which will affect the basement’s air quality.
- Leaking wall cracks, while annoying, are far more serious than just a wet puddle on the floor. Added water and moisture issues thrive in basement environments, and can result in the growth of mold, thus further compromising the basement’s air quality.