Is your foundation suffering from water damage? Water is a common culprit when it comes to foundation damage, especially in climates where heavy rain and flooding is common. Here are some tips on how to spot and repair water foundation damage.
How Water Damages Your Foundation
There are a few ways water can cause damage to your foundation:
- It can cause wooden parts of your structure to rot.
- It can cause the soil under your foundation to erode or shift over time. This causes a lack of support for your foundation, which leads to shifting and cracking.
- Moisture can cause the soil around your foundation to expand. This puts pressure on your foundation, leading to cracking.
Warnings Signs of Water Damage
Here are some common signs of foundation damage caused by flooding or moisture:
- Cracks appearing in the walls and floors of your basement.
- Walls bending or sagging, either inward or outward.
- A musty odor that doesn’t seem to leave your basement.
- The appearance or the odor of mold or mildew.
- Discoloration of your walls, wallpaper that is peeling off, or a carpeted floor that becomes moist and spongy.
How to Prevent Water Damage
Some climates and areas are more prone to water damage. However, you can decrease the likelihood of it occurring in several ways:
- Maintain your gutter regularly so that it properly drains water away from your home.
- Employ drainage methods to keep rainwater away from your foundation.
- Maintain your pipes to prevent them from bursting and flooding your home.
What To Do If There Is Water Damage
If you suspect that your foundation may be damaged as a result of flooding, contact us right away. Our professionals will inspect your foundation to check for any damage. Excess moisture will be removed, and the foundation will be strengthened and repaired.