Basement Floor Crack
Typically speaking, a crack in the floor isn't going to pose a serious problem for the structural integrity of a home. However, it could be a warning sign of a problem that could effect other areas of the home. This is a problem that is often caused from excessive hydrostatic pressure in the soil surrounding a home. When a foundation is built in expansive soils, such as clay, it experiences rising and falling due to the water table around the home rising and falling, as well. This can lead to bowing walls, cracks, and settlement. Failure to take notice of these openings in the floor could also result in seepage getting inside and damaging anything in its path, including whatever you may have stored here that doesn't fit in the attic or garage.
Crack Sealing, Piers, and Wall Anchors
It will be important for you to get this opening filled in and sealed before moisture gets inside. Water always finds the path of least resistance, and when there is an opening in the floor, it will only be a matter of time before it makes its way inside via this area. Additionally, if the problem was caused from hydrostatic pressure, it will need to be determined if there is structural damage that has already taken place in the form of settlement or a bowing wall.
Sinking homes can be fixed with the installation of piers. These are placed deep within the earth, in stable soils. The main responsibility of these devices is to shift the load of the home off of the weakened base and onto themselves. As time passes, this will help to keep the home level, safe, stable, and secure.
If there are problems with bowing walls, anchors will need to be installed in the earth next to the damaged section. Inside of the home, a plate will be attached to the wall. The two will be connected to each other with a steel rod that can be tightened over time to provide the lateral pressure needed to counteract the hydrostatic pressure from the soil surrounding the home.
Can I Fix it Myself?
It is not recommended for the average homeowner to try to identify or treat this kind of structural problem. It will be best if you let a seasoned and professional repair contractor come to your home for a consultation so they can pinpoint the cause of the problem and the best way to go about getting it taken care of once and for all.
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