If you notice that the concrete slab floors in your home are cracked, it’s crucial to take action immediately. Ignoring the problem can lead to compromised structural integrity, allowing groundwater infiltration and potentially creating unhealthy and unsafe living conditions for you and your family.
At Ohio Basement Systems, we have the necessary expertise and tools to effectively address these cracks and ensure the safety of your home and family. We have been Ohio’s trusted foundation repair partner for nearly 25 years. Secure your home and peace of mind with our unmatched customer care and reliable repairs.
What Are Floor Cracks?
Floor cracks are any separation, fissure, or break in your home’s flooring. These cracks can be caused by various factors, including pressure imbalances and structural issues.
Floor cracks often come with other problems, such as:
While not all floor cracks are a serious concern, addressing them at the earliest sign is crucial to prevent water damage and further deterioration of your home’s structure.
What Causes Floor Cracks?
Several factors can cause floor cracks in your home. Our team of experts will conduct a thorough inspection to identify these underlying causes.
Flooring can be made of different materials, but concrete is the most popular choice due to its durability. However, as concrete cures, uneven shrinkage may occur, leading to the formation of cracks. These cracks might not be structurally significant, but it is essential to address them to prevent water infiltration.
It’s essential to be mindful of the weight-bearing capacity of your floors when placing heavy items like furniture or iron safes. Doing so can prevent undue pressure on the flooring, which can lead to cracks.
Changes in soil conditions beneath your home can occur due to various factors, such as rain, drought, or erosion. This movement can cause your floors to shift, resulting in cracks and other irregularities.
Some types of soil—especially clay-based expansive soils prevalent throughout Central and Southern Ohio—expand when wet and contract when dry. Homes on unstable grounds may have periodic floor cracking.
Water accumulation beneath your floors can result in pressure that causes your foundation to heave upward, resulting in cracks. If water pressure persists, it can widen cracks in your flooring, increasing the likelihood of water seepage into your home.
Identifying the underlying reason for the cracks in your floors is essential to address the issue effectively. Ohio Basement Systems offers repair methods tailored to address the issues in your home.
Can Floor Cracks Be Repaired?
Modern technology allows for targeted repairs of floor cracks, eliminating the need for a complete floor replacement.
We do not recommend DIY fixes because these only hide surface flaws and allow underlying issues to persist.
For repairs that last, professional inspections and installations are critical.
Floor cracks can take many different forms, and the type of repair needed can vary depending on their location, pattern, size, and nature. At Ohio Basement Systems, we perform a thorough inspection to ensure that we address your issue most appropriately.
Ohio Basement Systems’ Floor Crack Repair Strategy
Our solutions are highly recommended by numerous satisfied homeowners. We pride ourselves on our unmatched customer care, attention to detail, and efficiency.
Here’s our approach:
Our experts inspect cracks, noting location, length, pattern, and width. This helps us understand contributing factors like ground movement or heave so we can apply the best treatment for your home’s unique needs.
Weight Redistributing Solutions
When floor instability is traced back to soil movement, specialized foundation piers are positioned and driven deep into solid ground, redistributing the weight and potentially returning the floor to its original level. We offer three types of piers: helical, push, and slab. For example, slab piers, as seen here, are specifically designed for homes with concrete slab foundations.
The same factors that cause floor cracks can also lead to cracks in walls. We reinforce walls and halt further damage with basement repair methods, including carbon fiber straps, steel I-beams, wall anchors, and channel anchors.
Guarding against hydrostatic pressure, heave, and moisture is essential. Our various basement waterproofing and crawl space encapsulation solutions run the gamut from interior drains and sump pumps to vapor barriers and dehumidifiers to keep water out of your home.
Why Address Floor Cracks Promptly
Don’t delay in fixing floor cracks; even small fissures can escalate into significant foundation problems. Reasons for immediate action include:
- Rapid expansion due to consistent pressure.
- The risk of increased water intrusion, potentially leading to mold growth and soil erosion.
- Ignoring cracks could lead to structural issues and sinking floors over time.
- Delays in treatment could increase repair costs, especially if water damage occurs.
The foundation of your home is essential to its overall stability. Pay attention to indicators such as floor cracks. Choose Ohio Basement Systems for fast and effective solutions beyond surface-level fixes to strengthen your home’s foundation.
Contact Ohio Basement Systems for Expert Floor Crack Solutions
Promptly address floor cracks in your home to prevent structural instability and water damage. Ohio Basement Systems offers advanced techniques to repair cracks and enhance foundation stability.
Contact us today to book a free inspection and secure your home’s structural integrity. Opt for in-depth solutions from the trusted professionals at Ohio Basement Systems.
Costs depend on the extent of the cracks and repairs needed. Ohio Basement Systems provides free estimates, transparent pricing, financing options, and proactive maintenance to prevent pricier fixes later. Contact us to schedule a free evaluation.
It is best to have a professional inspect and repair any floor cracks as soon as possible. The earlier you detect and repair floor cracks, the more straightforward and cost-effective the solution will be.
Repair durations vary depending on the extent of the issue and the chosen repair method. Minor crack repairs may take a day or two, while more extensive solutions could take longer. At Ohio Basement Systems, we provide a time estimate during our initial assessment.
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