Foundation Cracks in Iowa

If your home suffers from foundation cracks, you should call a professional foundation repair contractor from WCI Basement Repair as soon as possible. We offer solutions to repair cracks and keep your foundation solid for future generations. Foundation cracks can appear in any sort of concrete foundation. Whether it is your home or garage, cracks are a possibility. Because Iowa foundations have to endure all different sorts of weather conditions, they may be more likely to develop certain kinds of foundation cracks.

There are a lot of reasons that foundation cracks might start to appear in your Iowa home foundation. Some of these reasons include:

  • Settling Soil: When the soil beneath your foundation starts to settle, the foundation will settle as well. Severe foundation settlement can lead to crack formation. Foundation Cracks IowaIf the foundation settles, it might be due to poor soil compaction at the time it was laid.
  • Frost Heave: Cold temperatures cause freeze-thaw cycles in the wintertime. During these cycles, soil freezes (and expands) and thaws (and contracts) repeatedly, causing the foundation to heave and settle and often forming stress cracks.
  • Erosion: Too much rain can cause soil under your home to be washed away. This leaves empty voids that cannot support the foundation and cause it to settle and crack.
  • Drought: Lack of moisture can also cause settlement and crack formation. As the soil shrinks from lack of water, it will shift and cause the above foundation to shift. If it rains suddenly after a drought, soil can be washed away, leaving voids that lead to settlement and crack formation.

If you notice water seepage in your Iowa home or cracks in the walls, floors, or ceilings, it could be a sign of slab cracks. Have them repaired immediately by WCI Basement Repair.

Solutions for Foundation Cracks in Iowa Homes from WCI

There are a few different ways that floor cracks can be fixed in your home. If the cracks are large and severe, they may need to be fixed using underpinning. WCI offers both ECP (Earth Contact Products) steel push piers and helical piers for underpinning. Push piers can be driven or pushed into the ground under the foundation until they reach a layer of stable soil. Once they are stabilized, the weight of the home can be transferred onto them and they are used to lift settling slabs. This helps close any cracks that may have formed. Helical piers also lift and stabilize the foundation in this way. The difference with helical piers is that they are screwed into the ground, not pushed in.

Another solution that works well for minor cracks or cracks that have been closed by underpinning is an epoxy injection. In this repair method, an epoxy or polyurethane foam injection is used to seal the crack and bind the faces of the concrete back together. This can fix smaller cracks and seal cracks that were closed with underpinning.

Our team can help figure out which solution or combination of solutions is right for you and give you the repairs you need to take care of foundation cracks in your Iowa home. Contact us today to learn more.