Water damage to your foundation is most likely to occur if you experience a lot of rain and storms. Water is one of one of the most common offenders when it comes to foundation damage. Here’s how you can identify and fix water damage that has occurred on your foundation.
Identifying Water Damage
Some common signs that your foundation has water damage include cracks appearing in the foundation and in the walls and floors of your home. When the foundation is damaged, it begins to shift. This of course causes your home to shift as well. The shifting causes the cracks you may see on walls and floors. You may also notice that doors and windows become sticky when opening or closing. If you notice water stains on basement walls, this is a clear indication that you have water damage to the foundation.
Another sign your foundation has experienced water damage is you may notice a musty odor, especially in the basement, that doesn’t go away. Water damage to the foundation can also cause upheaval, which is when the slab foundation is forced up. Rot, mold, and mildew can damage pier and beam foundations.
How to Fix a Water Damaged Foundation
When you suspect water damage to your foundation, it’s a good idea to contact a foundation specialist to come assess the situation. They can tell you what needs to be done to repair the damage that has been done. Professionals can remove excess moisture and then the foundation can be repaired and strengthened.
Cracks in the foundation that allow in water can be sealed using polyurethane foam sealant to prevent water from getting in. This foam can be injected into the cracks, which will prevent not only water damage, but air leaking. This is a task that can be done by a homeowner, but it’s still a good idea to have a professional assess the damage, especially if the cracks are larger than 1/4” or you notice them growing in size.
How to Prevent Water Damage to the Foundation in the Future
To avoid having water damage your foundation again, there are steps you can take. First, you will want to make sure water can easily be drained away from your house and foundation. If you live where it rains a lot, you’ll want to regularly clear your gutters and consider a downspout extender that will carry water far from the house.
You will also want to install adequate drainage around and under the foundation so that there is never any standing water that will seep into the foundation and create cracks. If you don’t take steps to prevent water damage from occurring again, you can expect to face another foundation repair in the future.
When you first see signs of water damage to your foundation, it’s important to take it seriously. By waiting, the moisture will spread causing further damage and require more extensive (and expensive) repair. The good news is there are ways to prevent water damage so it doesn’t happen again.