If you want to get a good idea of the state of your foundation, just look at the walls and floors of your basement. If you see big cracks in the concrete, this could indicate issues that need to be addressed! USS is your local basement and foundation repair team in Nashville, and we can ensure that your home or business property is in safe and working order. While small, hairline cracks are usually nothing to worry about, larger cracks and cracks that noticeably change over time are not things to ignore. If left unaddressed, cracking basement walls or floors can result in water intrusion (or flooding), tripping hazards, a loss in energy efficiency, insect infestation, and even structural issues.
The Types & Causes of Basement Cracks
Cracks in your basement walls can be present in a few different ways depending on the materials of your walls and the condition of your property as a whole. Brick and masonry work may show something called “stairstep” cracks, as well as vertical cracks that follow the grout lines. Poured concrete walls often show cracks in the corners or cracks around door and window frames. You may also see long cracks of either vertical or horizontal patterns. Any of these could indicate foundation settlement or an excess of hydrostatic pressure pushing inwards from the surrounding soil. Cracks that are more than ⅛” wide, or that are noticeably getting larger, should be assessed right away by our Nashville basement repair experts.
Floor cracks can not only be unsightly, but they can also present tripping hazards and leave you susceptible to water damage. Floor cracks can also indicate issues with the soil underneath your home or even possible problems with how your home was built. No matter what, you can rely on USS to take good care of you! Reach out to learn more about our basement crack repair and foundation repair services. Call us and ask for your free estimate to get started!