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Basement Cracks

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Basement cracks are one of the most common signs that your foundation is in trouble. Basement wall cracks can happen when there's poor drainage around your home. If water isn’t drained away from your home, it sits next to your foundation, forcing the soil to expand – pressing against your foundation – creating vertical cracks or horizontal cracks, in addition to creating basement waterproofing problems.

You don't have to live with basement cracks! Learn how you can fix them once and for all, by requesting a professional foundation evaluation. You'll also receive your Free Homeowner's Guide to Foundation Repair as our thanks for putting your trust in JES.

What Do I Need to Do First?

First you need to find the source of your foundation issue. This process is messy and time consuming; forcing you to crawl around your cold basement in search of problem signs.


You can learn more by browsing through the various problems signs on this page. Or if you're ready to call in the experts, give us a call at 866-370-4816 to make an appointment with our foundation repair experts. They'll take a look at your basement cracks and do the dirty work for you.

Do Your Basement Cracks Follow A Pattern?

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Common Basement Crack Patterns

Vertical Basement Wall Cracks
Vertical Cracks spell trouble! These often mean that the soil your house is built on is shifting, creating house settling and causing foundation problems. Like horizontal cracks, they can also indicate that there is a lot of pressure against your basement walls, eventually forcing them in.

Horizontal Basement Wall Cracks
Horizontal Cracks are very serious and need to be repaired immediately. Horizontal cracks happen when the pressure against the basement wall forces them in. If this isn't repaired the wall will cave in. If you have horizontal cracks in your basement walls, call us today at 866-370-4816 for your free inspection. We'll work with you to repair the problem and restore the safety of your home.

Stair-Step Basement Wall Cracks
Stair-Step Cracks indicate that your foundation is settling. Sometimes these basement wall cracks are minor, caused by normal settling but keep an eye on them since they could be telling you that there's a foundation problem. Nine times out of ten, these cracks continue to grow, becoming more expensive to repair and causing you more stress. When in doubt have a foundation repair contractor come out for a free inspection.

Your Soil Can Make A Difference

The ground your home is built on plays a critical role in your foundation's stability. If the soil wasn't prepared properly when your home was built, there isn't an adequate drainage system installed or you live in an area that experiences a lot of rain or drought then your home's foundation could be at risk.Continued pressure can result in horizontal cracks and even bowed walls.


Like a sponge, soil responds to changes in moisture. When it rains the soil expands, pressing against your home's basement walls. Continued pressure can result in horizontal cracks and even bowed walls. And just like a sponge, when the soil dries it shrinks: pulling away from your basement walls, creating gaps where your foundation can lean or settle.

Can I Fix Basement Cracks?

Your cracked basement walls are due to serious foundation problems. Basement cracks are not a do-it-yourself project. Your cracked basement walls are due to serious foundation problems.While some contractors will just fill the cracks with mortar or try to sell you a concrete crack injection kit, these are not fixing the real issue: your cracked basement walls are due to foundation problems.


If you end up patching the cracks in your basement walls and the walls continue to shift, you'll have to chip out the patch - a messy and time intensive process - and still repair your foundation.

What Do I Do Now?

JES Experts in Foundation RepairIf you have cracked basement walls, it's important to your home's safety and stability to call a professional foundation repair contractor to inspect the problem. Give us a call at 866-370-4816 to schedule your free inspection. We'll find the source of the cracked basement wall and provide you with the best customized solution for your home.

The Experts at JES can Help! Free Foundation, Crawl Space or Basement Inspection

If you're not sure of the source of your home's problem, give us a call at 866-370-4816, and schedule a free inspection. We'll find out the cause of the problem and help you find the perfect solution.

Basement Cracks Solutions

We have a variety of solutions for basement wall cracks, including CarbonArmor™, JES Wall Anchors, and PowerBrace. These products aren't always the solution to your basement problems so it's important to make an appointment for your free evaluation to find the best solution for your basement.


Our professional foundation repair experts will work with you, every step of the way, to find and design the best foundation repair solution for your cracked basement walls. We want to hear your questions and concerns; after all we're here to help you find the best solution for you home.

Get Your Free Homeowner’s Guide to
Foundation Repair

Free Homeowner's Guide to Foundation RepairHave you ever wondered about your bowed basement walls and what causes them? Or if that drywall crack is a sign that you have a bigger problem? Our Homeowner’s Guide to Foundation Repair is your resource for learning about foundation problems, causes and solutions. Request your free foundation repair inspection and receive your own copy of the e-book, as our thanks for putting your trust in JES.

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