What Floor Cracks Mean for Your Home

Floor cracks in your concrete are often a sign of foundation settlement. As your foundation settles, a lot of pressure is put on your floor and can cause it to crack. Unfortunately, foundation settlement is a problem that will not go away on its own and will cause the floor cracks to get worse over time if left untreated. Not only will the cracks continue to grow, but it also leaves your home susceptible to structural and moisture problems.    

If you notice floor cracks in your concrete floors, contact us to schedule your free inspection! We are proud to be recognized as one of the most trusted companies throughout Tennessee, western North Carolina, and north Georgia, and we’re ready to help you!

When Floor Cracks Become a Problem

Most concrete floors will inevitably have some cracks that may be of no concern. As concrete cures, it shrinks and can cause hairline cracks to form in your floors. These types of cracks are typically harmless and shouldn’t cause any problems. Floor cracks become a problem when they continually grow and become larger than 1/8” wide, which is a common indicator or foundation settlement. 

What Causes Floors to Crack?

The soil in the ground beneath your concrete floor is the main culprit for causing the cracks. It lost its original compact state when your home was built and became much less supportive to the weight of your foundation. Over time, the moisture levels in the soil change and cause them to expand and contract, creating movement and settlement. When this happens, your concrete floors can no longer bear the weight as it settles into the ground and causes it to crack. Not only do the cracks create an eyesore in your basement, but it can also lead to water damage.

Repair Your Floor Cracks with American Foundation

Rely on our team at American Foundation & Waterproofing to diagnose the problem and help you find a foundation repair solution to restore your concrete floors. We will gladly walk you through the entire process and answer all of your questions along the way.