Cinder block foundation walls can be troublesome for homeowners. Rainy and snowy weather combined with an older home makes for a less than ideal situation that may lead to a leaky basement in Pittsburgh and other communities. Because there are more points of weakness in a cinder block wall foundation, they can be more troublesome than a poured concrete foundation. In advanced cases, the damage to the cinder block wall can be so bad that the walls begin to bow inward, perhaps even to the point of total collapse in severe case. These extreme situations are more common than you might imagine so we recommend taking action at the first signs of cracking.
Identifying Types of Cinder Block Foundation Damage
Stair-Step Mortar Joint Cracks
Hairline stair-step looking cracks in older cinder block walls are probably the most common type of damage. This is primarily caused by lateral soil pressure around the foundation due to excess moisture or compromised foundation footing. If it is caught early, the wall can be reinforced offering protection against further collapse.
Thick, horizontal cracks that stretch across large portions of your basement walls generally point to serious structural issues. More often than not, these are accompanied by inward bowing of the center portion of the walls. At this point, the structural integrity of your foundation is compromised and you should seek the help of a professional service such as a waterproofing company.
In both of these cases, it is common, if not inevitable that water seepage is occurring. You may also be seeing pests entering your home through the cracks. A leaky basement, caused by cracks in your foundation is certainly an unwanted situation and can only be stopped if given the proper attention. If you have a concern about the structural health of your foundation walls, don’t hesitate to contact Everdry Waterproofing for a complimentary evaluation.