Floor Crack Repair

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Floor Crack Repair

When it comes to issues with a basement and the floor, the first thing that comes to mind is cracks in the floor. They can range in any size imaginable and can allow moisture to enter and cause various types of damage to the Ottawa house. Not surprisingly, a floor crack as small as 1/16th of an inch can be cause for alarm because a flaw that small can still let moisture in. One common resource for a crack in the concrete floor is a shift in the soil underneath the slab. This can be due to any amount of reasons, such as water trapped by a concentration of clay. Moreover, another cause might be a shift due to temperature changes in the ground, resulting in either a contraction or expansion of the soil below the basement floor result in concrete heaving.

Our process entails putting a lateral line drainage system in place. This type of system collects the water entering through the floor crack and guides it to the sump pump. Naturally, we follow three steps to install this type of drainage system throughout Ottawa and the surrounding areas they are,

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Install A Perimeter Drainage System

It’s an effective method to rapidly collect and remove water before it spreads, preventing extended exposure which can exacerbate cracks. Particularly for basements or ground floors in Ottawa, where snowmelt or heavy rains can lead to unexpected water collection, having a drainage channel is an added layer of protection.

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Install a Drainage Channel

Once the root causes of floor cracks are addressed through effective drainage, the next crucial step is restoring the floor to its original integrity. This entails filling the cracks with appropriate, often epoxy-based, fillers that not only seal the gaps but also fortify the floor against future cracks. Post this repair, it’s advisable to consider floor reinforcement solutions, especially if the damage was extensive. Additionally, in Ottawa’s climate, opting for waterproof or water-resistant flooring materials during restoration can be a proactive measure against future water-related damages.

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Restore the Floor

Once the root causes of floor cracks are addressed through effective drainage, the next crucial step is restoring the floor to its original integrity. This entails filling the cracks with appropriate, often epoxy-based, fillers that not only seal the gaps but also fortify the floor against future cracks. Post this repair, it’s advisable to consider floor reinforcement solutions, especially if the damage was extensive. Additionally, in Ottawa’s climate, opting for waterproof or water-resistant flooring materials during restoration can be a proactive measure against future water-related damages.


They underpinned our basement in summer 2017. They finished ahead of schedule and did a great job!
– Adam M.

If you are having basement or floor crack issues

Make sure to give the foundation experts, at Foundation Repair Ottawa a call at

(613) 903-4924

We have the expertise to resolve your issues.