There two main types of cracks in Minneapolis and St. Paul; vertical and horizontal cracks.
Vertical cracks are usually non-structural cracks that occur during the freeze-thaw cycle. The concrete expands and contracts and will result in cracks in your blocks. Sealing up these cracks is a good way to waterproof your basement.
Horizontal cracks located on your foundation are an indicator of a structural problem. Repairing these cracks as soon as possible will prevent possible foundation failure.
These types of cracks usually occur as a result of pressure building up on the outside of the wall. This increasing pressure is often the result of water in the surrounding soils. Have a professional relieve the pressure on the walls by installing a French drain. This will direct water away from the foundation.
Another method of reinforcing your wall is core filling. This method will solidify your block foundation, making it similar to a poured foundation.
Call us today at (651) 285-6261 to inspect the cracks in your basement. Making sure your foundation cracks are repaired properly will save you money and headaches in the long run.