Most residential properties will develop small cracks in their foundation over time, which are usually nonstructural settlement cracks. The soil underneath is not always stable enough to support the weight of a home, so the foundation begins to shift and produce settlement cracks. Other causes for foundation cracks include concrete shrinkage, structural construction, or frost heave.
Cracked basement floors are a center for water damage. Soil underneath your home is full of moisture and when water collects under your foundation, hydrostatic pressure builds. Foundation cracks are formed to help release the pressure of the water up through your basement.
While we hope your flooring issues are simply the result of normal settling, there are a few symptoms that indicate your foundation may need professional support:
- Mold growth
- Increased humidity in basement
- Walls bowing outward or inward
- Musty smells
- Wall cracks
To learn more about what may be causing your cracked floors in the Chicagoland area, call Atlas Restoration today.