To preserve your home’s foundation, it is essential to prevent water damage in and around your home. Your roof and gutters should typically direct water away from your home foundation. But if your gutters are damaged or blocked, they can cause water to run down the sides of your home. This water can pool around your foundation and can significantly affect your home foundation and the structure of your home. Because of this, it is essential to take steps to prevent water damage with regular maintenance of your home.
How Does Water Affect Your Foundation?
Some type of soil is more prone to damage than others, but it is a good idea to protect your home foundation from water damage. Water coming from rain or melting snow and ice can drain off your roof. If your gutters aren’t in good shape, that water will run right down the side of your home and into the soil that surrounds your home’s foundation.
The pooled water around your home can create hydrostatic pressure, which can cause your foundation to shift back and forth. This kind of shift can, over time, cause stress to the structure of your foundation and can be quite harmful. As your foundation cracks, more water can seep into the cement and cause more problems.
Signs to Look Out For
Water damage can affect the interior and exterior of your home. Some of the symptoms of interior damage done by water to your foundation include cracks in the walls or floor of your basement. If you have peeling paint in your basement or sinking cellar floors, that tells you that something is wrong. Even mold and a musty smell is a tell-tale sign. Additionally, if you are in a flood zone, your foundation is more at risk of water damage.
The soil surrounding your home expands and contracts as it absorbs and loses water. It can thereby cause a shift in your home foundation. Moreover, foundation upheaval makes your foundation slabs shift upwards. You may also start to notice cracks in the exterior of your home.
Restore and Prevent
Foundation damage caused by water is severe and requires professional repair. You need to get trained professionals to restore your foundation, as well as empower you with prevention techniques so that it doesn’t happen again. Keep in mind that taking care of your roof and gutters is critical to protecting the foundations of your home.
ASAP Restoration specializes in damage restoration, including water damage. We offer complete solutions for water damage and handle both large and small water losses. Additionally, we make sure that all water is within the appropriate moisture content and decontaminated and disinfected before restoration occurs. Feel free to call us today at 480-409-5481 to set up a free home inspection.