Cracks in basement (foundation) walls and/or floors are easy spots for water to enter your home. Monitoring the condition of the cracks is necessary to prevent water from entering the basement. Minor cracks may seem harmless, but can quickly become big problems and can result in high repair costs. Mid-size and large cracks should be assessed and repaired upon discovery.
What to do with Cracks in Foundation?
If you discover minor cracks in your basement walls and/or floors, you could be in danger of your basement flooding. Here are a few things you can do to:
- Inspect your downspouts and extensions. By using downspout extensions the water from your roof will be directed to the lawn and not along the side of your home. When the water is being absorbed by the grass, it reduces the amount of water trying to penetrate through the foundation.
- Maintain proper lot grading. By sloping the landscaping along the side of your home towards the lawn, there is less water trying to enter the cracks in the foundation.
- Maintaining/replacing the weeping tiles is another way you can deter water from entering the basement through the cracks.
The best method of defence is to properly seal or repair the cracks. This will greatly reduce the amount of water that may enter the basement.