Shrinkage, Settlement, and Frost Heave
March 13th, 2018
Basement cracks in your home can be a result of shrinkage, settlement, and frost heave. There are certain areas that are more likely to develop cracks due to shrinkage, such as around doors or other sharp corners. Cracks can occur in basement floors when the concrete slab begins to settle, often due to the weight of your home compressing the soil underneath. This is common in newly built homes. When soil freezes and thaws, it causes an expansion then a shift underneath your foundation (frost heave). Like settling, this movement causes your concrete to also shift and that leads to cracks.
Basement cracks repair is essential to avoid any unwanted leaks or pests to invade your home. Basement cracks repair in Barrie is often necessary in new homes because so many changes occur to the ground and foundation during that first year after the home is built.
Basement cracks often require waterproofing services in Barrie. Waterproofing is so important to protect your home against unwanted problems. Waterproofing services in Barrie make a significant difference to living in a home with a basement free of water damage, leaks, mould, and the like.
Although we can’t control the impact of shrinkage, settlement, and frost heave all due to changing temperatures, we can control our ability to fix these problems to prevent further problems in the future.