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Basement Floor and Wall Crack Repair

When you notice a crack in the floor or wall of your basement, the first instinct may be to panic and worry about the potential issues. Is there going to be a water problem? Will the cracks get worse over time? Can I fix this myself? The answers to these questions are dependent on a variety of factors including what the cause of the crack is, how old the home is, where the crack is, and how it is oriented in the flooring. A horizontal crack in the basement wall could be an indicator of a bowing wall, while a vertical crack could be an indicator of foundation settlement. The same goes for floor cracks, often times they are the result of the concrete shrinking as it cures but it could be an indicator of a settling foundation as well. This is why it is important to have an expert come out and look at the cracks to help you determine why the cracks formed in the first place as well as to evaluate how much of a problem they are and what can be done to repair the crack.

Problem: Floor Crack Seepage

Floor Crack Seepage

Floor cracks are caused by hydrostatic pressure from underneath your home. This is an issue related to waterproofing, but the root cause is primarily a foundation settlement issue. While having a proper water mitigation system can help prevent this issue entirely, the initial damage of any concrete may need to be repaired first depending on the severity of the cracks and settling that are currently present. Cracks on your basement floor are an early warning sign for shifts in the foundation slab and rising & falling water tables that are not being properly drained. This comes from clay rich or weak soil conditions during rainy or snow-thawing seasons.

Many homeowners will not realize that this is an issue that requires immediate attention. The longer you wait, the higher the chances are that you will experience additional structural problems or water damage.

SafeTrack™ Water Evacuation System

SafeTrack™ Water Evacuation System

Solutions: Repairs For Cracked Basement Floors

  • Liquid Urethane Injection
  • SafeBase™ Push Piers
  • SafeTrack™ Water Evacuation System

Problem: Cove Joint Leaks

Cove Joint Leaks

A cove joint is the area where the floor meets the wall within the basement. If you live on unstable soil conditions your home can be more susceptible than usual to cracks with the potential to allow seepage and leaks. Constant natural changes in the soil (such as freezing, thawing, and groundwater erosion) can put pressure on the walls and floor of the basement, pushing water and moisture in through the weakened cove joint. This is especially true during the heavy rain and snow-thaw seasons. These leaks, like most, tend to start small but can quickly become problematic as the concrete begins to deteriorate and more soil & water pressure continue to build up from the outside.

SafeDrainTM Waterproofing System

SafeDrain™ Waterproofing System

Solutions: Methods For Fixing Leaky Cove Joints

Many of our competitors believe that the best solution to a leaking cove joint is to seal it over. While this can be an effective temporary fix for some, experience has taught the team at Poseidon that if you are looking for a long term solution this method will do your home more harm than good. Once the cove joint is sealed, the increased hydrostatic pressure created by the water table will continue to put progressively increasing pressure on both the joint itself and the weakest points of the material around it. In less time than you might think, the water will nearly always break through the seal itself or a new area of your walls or floor.

  • The SafeEdge™ System
  • SafeDrain™ Waterproofing System
  • SafeTrack™ Water Evacuation System

Problem: Leaky Concrete Walls

Leaky Concrete Walls

Over time, the foundation of your home can weaken and become brittle.
As this progresses small pieces can begin to crumble away, eventually forming the microfractures that will grow and allow water directly into your living space. Often the concrete will weaken anddegrade all along the foundation perimeter. When consistent moisture is seeping inside it will likely run down the walls, creating a visible stain. This water from the walls can collect in pools onthe floor near the cove joint, weakening this portion of the structure from the inside. If you notice any leaks or crumbling sections of concrete in your foundation, we recommend that you contact a professional at Poseidon Waterproofing ASAP so that we can evaluate the issue and help prevent any additional complications.

SafeEdgeTM Waterproofing System

SafeEdge™ Waterproofing System

Solutions: How We Repair Wall Crack Leaks

  • The SafeEdge™ System
  • SafeDrain™ Waterproofing System
  • SafeTrack™ Water Evacuation System

Problem: Leaking Pipe Penetration

Leaking Pipe Penetration

Pipes that penetrate the concrete walls within your basement are hazardous to the concrete itself. These are typically plumbing pipes that reside within your basement and extend throughout your home. Over time exposure to water can lead to deterioration and create more problems such as mold, rust, and wall cracks.

Liquid Urethane Injection

Solution: How We Repair Leaky Penetrating Pipes

  • Liquid Urethane Injection

Problem: Tie Rod Dampness

Tie Rod Dampness

Tie Rods (form ties) are the steel pieces used to hold both sides of the concrete forms together when your foundation is initially poured. After the concrete has cured and the forms are taken off the sides, the ends of the tie rods are broken off which leaves the rest of the steel rod inside the cured concrete. These rods can begin to rust over time, leaving space for water to pass through. Mild dampness can begin the process of erosion. Water then fills in the spaces left by the rust eating away at the rod, allowing the water to exacerbate the rust problem further.

Once this cycle has begun, there is no way for the problem to resolve itself, and intervention will be required somewhere down the line. Due to the hidden nature of the problem, many homeowners tend to both overlook this issue or dismiss it entirely. Often people don’t know what to look for, and assume that any solution to these issues will be costly, messy, and time consuming. Our estimates come at no cost to the homeowner, and an investment of 2 hours ofyour time will provide you with a clear idea of what is happening and how much it will cost to mitigate the problem.

Liquid Urethane Injection

Solution: Our Methods For Tie Rod Issues

  • Liquid Urethane Injection

Problem: Masonry & Stone Foundation Seepage

Masonry & Stone Foundation Seepage

If your stone foundation has leaks, then you already know there is a problem. Typically, this type of foundation is found in homes that are fairly old. At the time of construction, this method was very reliable and the materials were very strong. However, over the years the rocks are exposed to weathering and can become brittle and weak, allowing water to seep into the basement of your home. As a homeowner in PA, if you head into your basement and see puddles on the ground or floors stained from standing water, you may panic thinking that the only solution to the problem is to get a complete foundation replacement. Fortunately the experts at Poseidon Waterproofing know there have been numerous advancements over the years in the foundation repair industry, and our team will be able to provide you with effective and affordable basement waterproofing systems that will put a stop to the water entering your home.

SafeDrainTM Waterproofing System

SafeDrain™ Waterproofing System

Solutions: Our Methods For Mason Wall Leak Repairs

  • Liquid Urethane Injection

We offer an array of options to handle problems ranging from mild dampness & seepage to full flooding. Our goal is always to get to the root of the problem to provide you with a long lasting solution.

  • The SafeEdge™ System
  • SafeDrain™ Waterproofing System
  • SafeTrack™ Water Evacuation System

Problem: Floor Drain Backup

Floor Drain Backup

Historically, simple floor drains were the only waterproofing system installed in the average Pennsylvania home. If your home is older, you will probably have one of these drains in your basement. They were generally installed in the lowest area of the floor and would be used to drain away water if there was a leak or a broken pipe. The problem with simple drains is that they can be easily clogged and they are usually installed in the soil where tree roots and plants can grow through or into them. If this happens, they will be clogged permanently. These drains are also usually tied into the sewer line so it’s common to have nasty odor coming from these drains.

Many times, a homeowner with a flooded basement and a floor drain will call the plumber instead of a waterproofer like Poseidon Waterproofing because they think this is the best solution to the problem. The plumber will likely be able to use a rodding tool and a camera to see where the clog is in the drain, and they can even remove it. But, how long is it before the very same problem happens again and leaves you with inches of water under your home?

1/3 HP, 2770 GPH, DFC2 Controller w/ Dual Floats

PHCC Pro Series line sump pump

Solutions: Assisting the Basement Floor Drain

Once your flood drain is unclogged or your flooding has subsided, we recommend assisting the drainage in your basement with a waterproofing system. Many clogs come from massive amounts of water speeding up the natural clogging of drains that would normally take months to develop from average particles of leaves, hair, and debris. Having a waterproofing drain will help with the water loads of your drain and further more protect your basement from other damages.

Any one of our systems will fix this problem and will be decided depending on the severity of water. Each system we carry ranges from extreme cases of basement leaks to minor seepage problems.

  • The SafeEdge™ System
  • SafeDrain™ Waterproofing System
  • SafeTrack™ Water Evacuation System
  • Our Sump Pump System

Contact Us for Basement Crack Repair

If there are cracks in your basement walls or floors, you can contact us by completing our online contact form or calling us at 724-717-6360. An inspector will come out to evaluate your basement walls and floors, help you determine what has caused the cracks, and provide you with the available solutions to the problem.

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