Cracked Slab Foundations
Most slab foundations, if built correctly, are built with rebar and cables which allow flexing over time as ground and weather conditions change. If you notice small cracks, these can most likely be attributed to soil expansion from excess water or a lack of water. Cracks caused by these slight movements in the concrete are usually not an indication of a bigger problem, such as slab separation. Most slab cracks are surface cracks, considered cosmetic and are often left untreated as the cost outweighs the result and benefits. Jerry's Waterproofing wants to make sure your foundation is strong and safe.
If you are noticing wide, deep cracks in the floor of your basement (the concrete slab) and/or cracks that run through the walls and footings, this is much more serious because the structural integrity of your home can be affected. Once again, many factors contribute to a deeper, more severe crack and commonly stemming from inadequate construction methods including poor concrete quality,
foundation shifting, poor soil preparation, and excessive soil movement due to excessive soil expansion and/or contraction. If the cracks in your slab are 1/4" wide or larger, you need an inspection by a professional foundation expert like Jerry's Waterproofing and if there is an elevation difference in the crack, an inspection is strongly suggested for safety purposes, in addition to stability issues.
Tracking crack activity can have a huge impact on the solution to the problem. If you are even slightly concerned about a crack, call us and we will send out a foundation repair professional to inspect the problem area. Cracks and other foundation defects can be harmful to your family's health and can grow into unexpected expenses, if left unrepaired.
Waterproofing has the right solutions for you.
Solutions for Cracked Slab Repair in Nebraska
If you do notice cracks in your slab foundation, they are
most likely the result of a
settling or shifting foundation.
This means that you can fix them using one of Jerry's Waterproofing
repair methods. Some of the options that we offer to repair
your slab cracks include:
Helical Piers - These can be used to support and lift
foundations that have started to settle and sink, causing
cracks to appear in the slab.
Steel Push Piers - Steel piers are another solution for
cracked foundations, as they also raise foundations and give
them the stability needed to prevent future crack formation.
- Plate Anchors - If your foundation cracks were caused by
a shifting foundation, they can be closed using plate
anchors, which install in the ground and pull foundation
walls back into place.
- Helical Tiebacks - These work like helical piers turned
on their sides to pull basement walls into position and
close foundation cracks.
These solutions are all methods that Jerry's Waterproofing uses to fix the
foundation slab cracks in your Iowa or Nebraska home. We
also offer waterproofing services to keep your home dry
despite any foundation cracks you might be dealing with.
Call us today or send us an email to find out more or
request a free estimate!