WALL CRACKS & FLOOR CRACKS
Wall and Floor Cracks in Little Rock, Arkansas
Cracks in the concrete of your home can be a huge issue. If you find cracks in your floor or in your walls, there is probably something wrong with your home's foundation. Most often, cracks in the foundation floor and walls are caused by shifting and settlement. No matter what kind of cracks you find in your home, we can help. The team at Airlift Concrete Experts has the experience needs to take care of all foundation repair in Little Rock, Arkansas.
There are a variety of different kinds of cracks that can form in your basement walls due to a shifting or settling foundation:
- Horizontal: Due to a bowing or leaning wall in the basement from soil pressure.
- Vertical: Caused by settling or heaving of the foundation.
- Vertical and Horizontal or Angled: Caused by bowing wall from external pressure or possibly by settlement.
- Stair Step: Seen when the foundation starts to heave or settle due to temperature changes.
- Center Converging: Bowing walls or settlement can result in these cracks.
In the upper levels of the home, wall cracks are common in drywall or mortar. These kinds of cracks may indicate that the shifting or settling foundation has started to cause the walls of your home to become unsteady and develop cracks. Some drywall cracks are only due to aging, but cracks that appear near windows or doors or are wider than 1/8 inch may be a sign of a foundation problem.
Settling foundations, shifting foundations, and other foundation problems may also cause floor cracks to appear in your basement:
- Shrinkage Cracks: Appear in the middle of the floor or around objects in floor when the concrete is improperly mixed or when extremely high temperatures occur.
- Expansion Cracks: Occur in slabs adjacent to wall or other structure during extreme temperature changes and can be accompanied by chipping and flaking.
- Settlement Cracks: Settling slabs may crack as the soil under the foundation falls away and gaps appear in the soil.
- Heaving Cracks: During freeze/thaw cycles, concrete may heave and start to crack; floors may become uneven or sloped.
Solutions for Floor and Wall Cracks in Little Rock, AR Homes
The best way to fix floor cracks and wall cracks is to use some sort of repair method to support the slab from underneath and even it out. Once this has been done, the cracks will not expand and can be sealed to keep moisture out of the home.
Many times, floor cracks are accompanied by sloped and uneven floors. This is a sign that the foundation has settled and needs to be supported with steel piers. These are driven underground to transfer the weight of the unsteady foundation from the unstable soils to a more solid layer of soils deeper underground. Piering system repair methods may also involve repairing the pier and beam system in your basement that is designed to support the structure.
The other common repair option that we offer is polyjacking. This methods uses injection of a polyurethane foam material to lift the slab from underneath. As the material is injected to fill holes and gaps that may have formed in the soil, the foam expands. The expansion works to lift the foundation back to the proper level and create a more stabilized base for the concrete by compacting the soil under the foundation.
Contact us today to learn more about these services to close the wall and floor cracks in your Little Rock, Arkansas home.