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Finding Foundation Cracks in Finished Basements

Do you have a seepage problem in your basement? You may have foundation cracks. These are by far the most common source of foundation seepage problems. It is easy to identify cracks in an unfinished basement. Identifying them in a finished basement is a little more difficult.

If you suspect a problem with your basement, it is always wise to get in touch with a professional waterproofing contractor. Although they can’t see through the paneling or drywall, they have years of experience behind them. They will easily identify the problem without causing unnecessary damage to your already wonderfully finished basement.

You can however, carry out some preliminary investigation before the contractor arrives in order to have more information to provide them with. Start by going outside and examining the top of the foundation wall. You may need to expose it a few inches by clearing the soil around the wall. You can clean it with a wire brush to make it easier to notice cracks. Look for any hairline cracks along the top of the foundation wall.

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If you’ve noted water stains or damp sections within the finished basement, spend some extra time on the external area corresponding to these signs of water seepage. Don’t be too alarmed if you don’t find cracks or if you do. Simply ensure that you have contacted a professional who can investigate your seepage problem further.

Foundation cracks occur for a number of reasons. If you have poured concrete foundation, you can expect them to be present at any given time. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Settling

The cracks could be an indication that your foundation is moving and setting as the soil below it shrinks due to dehydration. This is not a problem that can be fixed by merely filling in the crack. Your foundation needs to be strengthened and stabilized.

  • Problems with drainage

Your foundation may have cracks as a result of pressure from the soil surrounding the basement. This occurs when hydrostatic pressure increases in the soil. This can occur due to runoff from the roof being directed toward the basement by downspouts. It can also occur when the land around the basement is sloping towards the foundation walls causing water to flow in that direction.

Whatever the cause, foundation cracks ought to be investigated by a professional to ensure the best solution is applied for long term peace of mind.