So what can you do when it comes to water seeping through basement floor cracks? Although it can seem like it’s just a factor of life, it’s not. There are many ways you can fix these leaking basement floors.
These are some of the common methods of fixing basement floor cracks.
This style of fix is one that many DIY practitioners employ. Rather than tackling the issues underneath the basement floor, a concrete patch essentially puts a bandage on top of the crack to try and avoid letting more water come through.
Unfortunately, this method is doomed to fail. If you just put a bandage over the top of the crack in your concrete, you’re just going to encourage the water to find some other way in. In some situations, you may even find that the concrete never fully dries because of the water underneath it.
JES doesn’t recommend this because it doesn’t actually fix things. Instead, you need to get to the bottom of the problem you’re struggling with and fix that.
What if your problems are coming from house settling? In this case, you may want to investigate piering options. Piers go underneath your home and push into the bedrock, a stable layer of rock, to support the home.
If your home is sinking, this can be an effective solution. The piers help sustain your home and make sure it doesn’t continue sinking. With a strong enough pier, you may even be able to return your home back to its initial height.
There are a few different types of pier systems that JES offers. If your home is sinking, a JES inspector can perform a free inspection and give you information regarding which type of system will work best for you.
Crawl Space Encapsulation
Homeowners with dirt crawl spaces or other issues regarding crawl spaces may opt for this fix. Encapsulation-style fixes may also be useful for basements that are dealing with significant moisture issues — you’ll need to remove the entrance of moisture into the basement.
This entire process can be useful for homeowners of all types. If you’re currently handling a serious amount of moisture in your crawl space or basement, encapsulation may be the only option, especially if you have open crawl space vents or a dirt floor in your crawl space.
Regardless of where your moisture problems are popping up, a JES expert can let you know whether encapsulation may be for you. Plus, you can then get encapsulation from a professional who will do it right the first time.