Foundation problems typically occur due to the underlying soil consolidating, washing out or drying up and shrinking. And, when most people think of foundation problems, they usually think of drywall cracks (the most common symptom), stair-step cracks in masonry walls or uneven floors. But when the soil underneath a foundation becomes saturated and there is free water present, either due to weather events or maybe a leaking pipe, this sudden inrush of moisture can affect the basement and crawl space too, whether through leaking cracks in the wall or in the concrete slab.
Leaky basements can lead to odor and mold problems that can make a basement unusable. Odors can even permeate the main part of the house, and mold can lead to health problems. So, foundation leaks need to be addressed sooner rather than later.
Causes of Leaky Foundation Cracks
Poor yard drainage is a common cause of leaky basements. Without sufficient grading to direct water away from your home, it can pool next to it, seeping into the soil that surrounds your foundation. This increases hydrostatic pressure, which can lead to bowing and cracking walls.
Saturated soil directly under the foundation can lead to settlement, which can also cause cracks to form. Those cracks then let the moisture from beneath and around your home. The foundation’s concrete itself can sometimes shrink as it cures, which can result in long, narrow cracks that let in water.
Foundation Crack Solutions
Foundation Recovery Systems specializes in repairing sunken, cracked and leaking foundations. We can also offer options for moisture mitigation, including waterproofing and drainage systems. Simply contact us for a free, no-obligation inspection, and one of our System Design Specialists will visit your home, assess the problem and develop a solution that’s tailored to your unique situation.