With all of the rain lately, your basement is probably having some problems keeping all of the water out. Even a well-built basement can have problems keeping out water in flooding conditions. Most homes are not built to withstand flooding. However, most of our homes are built to withstand some degree of water coming in. If you are seeing leaky basement cracks, you need basement waterproofing. Do not let what seems to be a small problem get worse. You could end up with foundation problems that cost a lot more to resolve.
What Causes Leaky Basement Cracks?
It’s very common to have leaky basement cracks. These cracks form either through poor construction, pressure on the foundation walls, or settlement issues. In any case, cracks form and let water in. Water can cause mold, mildew, and even structural problems on your foundation. While you may want to just clean up the water, seal the crack, and move on, there are other steps that need to be taken to get to the root of the problem.
How To Fix Basement Cracks
If there is any foundation damage or mold or mildew, this will need to be taken care of before any other work is performed. The mold and mildew will be cleaned up, and then we can check out the foundation to see if it is failing. Depending on the problem, the foundation may have carbon fiber strips used inside the home or it might have push piers or helical piers on the exterior of the home that supports it.
There are a few options in terms of waterproofing your basement. Once the foundation problem is resolved, we would seal the crack. From there, we want to make sure that your basement is protected from any water that wants to make its way in. We would work to install either a drainage system that leads to your sump pump and/or a vapor barrier system that seals out moisture. A sump pump is a must in situations where you are seeing water frequently in your basement. Sump pump installation frees your mind from worry knowing that you will be protected in the event that water comes into the home. Lastly, a dehumidifier will keep moisture at bay.
What Are the Next Steps?
Notice a leaky basement crack and don’t know what to do next? Put away the DIY fix! Call the professionals at KC Waterproofing and Foundation Repair for a free estimate. We will give you an idea of the root problem, your options for repair, and an estimate of the cost. Our highly trained team is ready to answer any questions that you have, and we will leave your property as good as or better than when we arrived. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an estimate.