Knowing the signs of a water leak and taking the steps to eliminate the problem…
Standing water can cause damage by rotting wood and eroding soil from a home's foundation. This can lead to costly repairs and, if left untreated, water can destroy your most valuable asset.Water. The most important natural resource that we all must have. Yet, it is also one of the most destructive forces in the whole world. Of course water in the form of a flood or hurricane causes millions of dollars in damages each year, but have you considered the impact water has in small amounts? Even as vapor? Vapor and excess humidity in your home's crawl space or basement can easily lead to mold growth, which can lead to health issues for you or your family in the home.
How Water Affects Your Home's FoundationEven though you may not see the effects of water on your foundation, you can be sure that it is occurring. Pooling or standing water at your foundation can create damage in numerous ways. Eroding soil can expose the foundation over time and lead to a sinking foundation. Water can find its way into your home a by saturating the ground. Eventually, the bricks will absorb the water. As more water pools, the pressure of the water pushes against the water molecules in the brick, pushing them towards your home's interior. Essentially, the vacant air space below your home becomes a place where water can seep into. Small cracks can become worse during winter. Water expands when frozen, and this can take a toll over time, causing the foundation to separate. Swelling due to seasonal temperature changes can also lead to more damage. Once the moisture reaches the crawl space or basement, your home's air quality can begin to suffer, and the area can become a haven for mold and pests.
Checking Your Home for Foundation ProblemsBy identifying problems early on, you can then plan for ways to repair the problem or prevent it from happening.
Signs of Foundation Damage
- Cracks - look for obvious stair stepping and small cracks
- Chimney and Porches Separating from Home
- Door and Window Problems - won't close easily
- Drywall Cracks
- Uneven Floors
- Gaps in Door Frame and Base Boards
- Leaks or Standing Water in Basement or Crawl Space