Concrete slabs can sink. It is hard to believe that the floor in your basement could sink. When you think about needing to repair concrete, driveways or sidewalks usually come to mind. It’s hard to believe that the concrete that was poured to build your home would sink. The funny thing about cement is it doesn’t know where it’s at. Concrete can settle no matter where it’s at, in your home or around it. Even in your basement, it can sink and need repair.
Do you have a sinking basement floor?
- A gap between the wall and the ceiling
- A gap between the wall and the baseboard
- Room slopes
- Bowl shaped concrete floor
- Cracks in the concrete
- Basement doors not closing
Your walls connect to the ceiling. When your basement floor starts to settle you will notice a gap between the wall and the ceiling or by the baseboard and the floor or a support post and the ceiling (as he photo indicates). The ground can settle in a finished or unfinished basement. Another indicator that the basement floor may be sinking as you begin to feel the room is sloping one way. You may begin to notice cracks in the pavement. The floor may also become more bowl shaped. If your basement is finished and your floor has carpet on it, you won’t be able to see the cracks, if there are any, but you may you may notice the room sloping. Not being able to close a door is another indicator that your floor is sinking and needs repair.
If you don’t think this can’t happen to a new house, think again. A sinking basement floor is not reserved for older homes. Cement slabs sink due to the ground beneath them. Missouri has not had much moisture in the last five years. When moisture evaporates from the soil, the soil compacts and the cement slab on top of the dirt begins to sink. In one of our basement floor jobs, the home had a broken sewer line. The homeowner had no indication how long the sewer line had been broken. This broken sewer line caused both the garage and the basement floor to sink significantly. This is turn caused the upstairs floors and walls too began to sink as they were supported by the four columns on the ground level. The masonry fireplace had begun to fall from the wall as well.
How to Repair a Sinking Basement Floor?
The process to raise and repair your basement floor is the same process we use to raise your driveway or sidewalk. There are many situations where we work with Foundation Repair experts and Peering Specialists to ensure your home is safe and your basement is the support that home needs it to be. If you call a Foundation Specialist and they tell you it’s your floor, give us a call. We can evaluate the situation and help you correct it.
The basement can be a difficult place to access for repair work. We can reach spaces with our foam lifting equipment that traditional mudjacking equipment can’t. Traditional mudjacking is messy (water, sand, cement- you get the picture) where foam lifting is not. We make it a point to protect your home during the repair process. We lay down tarps to protect your floors, trim and paint.
A sinking basement floor can be repaired and the floor made stable again with our polyurethane foam techniques. Concrete Raising Systems will do the repairs with less holes, less mess and it will not sink again (as long as the sewage pipes are fixed!). If you suspect your basement floor may be sinking,contact or call us today at (816) 419-8306 for a quote today!