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How Do You Know If Your Foundation Has Water Damage?

Concerned about the state of your foundation? Keep an eye out for signs of water damage throughout your home if you want to keep your home water-free.

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Your home’s foundation is more susceptible to damage than you may realize, especially if you reside in an area prone to heavy rainfall. This exposes your house to the impact of a phenomenon known as hydrostatic pressure.

Hydrostatic pressure prompts the materials supporting your foundation to rapidly expand and shrink. As a response to these swift size alterations, your foundation may develop cracks, leading to unwanted moisture seeping into your home.

This moisture can trigger premature settling of your home, a rapid sinking, or further cracking, resulting in an inadequate foundation support. It’s crucial, therefore, to collaborate with professionals to anticipate and mitigate this type of damage. By doing so, you safeguard not only the value of your home, but also the well-being and comfort of your family.

Detecting Signs of Water Damage in Your Foundation 

Identifying water damage in your home isn’t always easy, especially if you don’t know what you’re looking for. The good news is that foundation and water damage tend to give themselves away. If you think something may be wrong in your home, you’ll want to conduct an inspection or reach out to professionals in your area for guidance. 

When examining your basement or crawl space for water-induced foundation damage, keep a lookout for the following signs:

  • Unpleasant Odors: The more moisture seeps into your home, the mustier your crawl space or basement will smell. These disagreeable odors emerge as the moisture infiltrates porous materials in your home, including furniture, wooden supports, and drywall. If you detect a leak, it’s vital not only to repair it but also to replace any water-damaged materials promptly. 
  • Mold clusters: Although mold spores don’t initially accompany unwanted moisture, they thrive in its presence. Mold growth in your basement or crawl space often points to a foundation leak. It’s a clear indicator that something is amiss. It’s recommended not to try to remove mold without professional guidance. If you do attempt to eliminate these clusters, ensure you use safety equipment such as gloves and masks.
  • Weakening Floor Joists: The joists support the upper floors of your home. When your home suffers from foundation damage, these joists may start to rot or rust, weakening your floors, leading to sagging, bouncing, or general instability.
  • Bowing Walls: Like your floors, walls can begin to detach from their structural supports if exposed to prolonged moisture or standing water. Be alert for walls that bow, gaps between your wall and floor, or drywall that seems unstable when touched.
  • Standing Water: If you notice puddles in your crawl space or basement, it’s crucial to call professionals immediately. Puddles often signify severe foundation damage, indicating that the cracks or leaks could jeopardize your home’s overall stability if not attended to promptly.

Why Do You Need to Fix a Water-Damaged Foundation? 

It’s in your best interest to try and fix a water-damaged foundation as quickly as you can. That water damage, as mentioned, can have a significant impact on your home’s stability and value, not to mention the health of your family. 

It can be tempting to leave a leak in your home be in hopes that, over time, it will disappear or lessen in its severity. While leaks can appear to disappear for a little bit of time, it is dangerous to think that this kind of damage will fix itself. Instead, the longer you leave water damage to plague your foundation, the more severe that damage will become. 

Leave it to the Professionals 

Although DIY home repair strategies may seem appealing, it’s usually best to consult experts when you discover a foundation leak. Attempting to fix a foundation leak independently consumes considerable time and can be costlier than expected. Many homeowners try DIY methods with the intent of controlling their repair costs. However, the need to purchase specialized equipment and repair materials can quickly inflate expenses beyond what hiring a professional might cost.

With that in mind, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Mount Valley Foundation Services specialists if you have concerns about your foundation’s integrity. The sooner you seek professional assistance, the faster you can restore stability and reclaim your home. Contact us today to schedule a free inspection and immediate repair quote!

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