Stair-Stepping Crack on Benton, IL Basement Wall
Stair-stepping cracks are a visual signal that the wall is experiencing settlement. This is due to the hydrostatic pressure that was placed on this wall. Hydrostatic pressure is the pressure placed on the structure of a home when the soil surrounding the home is saturated.
Severe Horizontal Cracking
Horizontal cracks are another signal of settlement. This wall will continue to bow because of hydrostatic pressure if action is not taken.
Deep Cracks Lead to Costly Repairs
This angle shows how deep the wall cracks had widened. The settlement of these walls will only worsen over time, leading to costly and long repairs.
Sump Needs Replaced
This old sump pump also didn't help support a waterproof environment in the basement. Sump pumps should be checked every three or four months to ensure they are operating properly. This pump hadn't worked for a while and wasn't keeping water out of the basement.