Understanding Foundation Cracks in Northeast Ohio Homes

Cracks in the basement foundation can be an indication of serious structural problems. These cracks can appear in various forms and shapes and can be caused by several reasons such as settling, settling of soil, excessive water, or changes in temperature. Knowing the different types of cracks and their causes can help you determine the extent of the damage and whether you need professional help in your basement.


Horizontal Cracks


Horizontal cracks are usually the result of excessive water pressure pushing against the foundation walls. This type of crack is often wider at the top and narrow at the bottom. These cracks can invite water and debris into your home, and should typically be taken care of as soon as possible to mitigate potential damage to the interior. The Basement Guys® uses FlexiSpan® sealant to fill in the cracks and lock out moisture and mold.


Vertical Cracks


Vertical cracks can be caused by soil settling, changes in temperature, or settling of the foundation. These cracks are usually straight and can range from hairline to several inches wide. Vertical cracks are especially prone to leaking, as water can drip down the length of the crack and damage whole sections of your walls or floor. We treat vertical cracks with expanding foam sealant, then apply a thin plastic membrane to serve as a vapor barrier along the site of the crack to prevent further water intrusion.


Stair-Step Cracks


Stair-step cracks are diagonal cracks that run in a stair-step pattern from the top of the foundation to the bottom. This type of crack can be caused by settling or settling of soil. Stair-step cracks are often a sign of severe foundation wall damage. At The Basement Guys®, we fix stair-step cracks by sealing them and bracing the affected wall with exterior wall anchors or interior wall-mounted support braces, like our CarbonArmor® carbon fiber supports.


It's important to keep an eye on the cracks in your basement foundation. Regular inspections can help you identify cracks before they become more serious problems. If you find cracks, it's best to seek professional assistance to determine the extent of the damage and to develop a plan to repair it. Ignoring the problem can result in serious structural damage, so don't delay seeking assistance. Contact The Basement Guys® today to schedule a free in-home foundation crack service estimate.