When it comes to foundation problems, such as wall cracks and shifting walls, water is the main enemy. Too much water causes the soil to swell and not enough can lead to soil shrinkage. Rainwater, if not properly diverted, can accumulate around and under the foundation, sometimes damaging the home’s structure. Water damage is the biggest threat to homes, costing homeowners thousands every year. Don’t let this be you!
In what ways does water cause foundation problems, and how can homeowners avoid it? We’ve compiled a list of the 3 common ways water damage foundations.
Solution: Divert water away from your home’s foundation by installing proper downspouts. Clean clogged gutters, especially during fall season. Repair plumbing leaks, especially in sewage pipes and bathrooms.
Solution: Install a proper drainage system, such as effective gutters. Also, make sure the soil slopes away from your home. This allows rainwater to flow away from your foundation.
Solution: You can relieve hydrostatic pressure by investing in an effective waterproofing system, such as a sump pump or interior/exterior waterproofing. With an effective waterproofing system, water is collected where the basement floor meets the basement wall.
Don’t ignore basement cracks, sloping floors, sinking foundations, and bowing walls. These are just symptoms of a problem. Call the professionals to examine your foundation before the situation gets worse.