Your foundation isn’t impregnable. Water and moisture can attack and damage it at different times of the year. Like every Colorado Springs, CO, homeowner, you need to know the signs of water damage, where the moisture source is, and how you can resolve the underlying cause. Otherwise, the foundation will deteriorate and eventually fall apart.
How Does Water Get into the Foundation?
Water can come from different sources such as rain, melting snow and ice, and downspouts that run down the side of your house into the foundation soil. Your sloping landscape can also introduce water into the foundation. If there’s loose backfilled soil, water can also pool around this area and create hydrostatic pressure. This pressure will destabilize the foundation and over time, create fissures that allow water to seep into your home.
Signs of foundation water damage
Not sure whether your home has foundation damage? Here are the signs that should alert you of the possibility of water damage.
Sinking Soil: Starting outdoors, uneven or sunken soil at your home’s base is a sign of water damage. Downward sloping soil is another dead giveaway.
Home shift: Most homes settle a few years after construction. What’s not normal is a sudden home shift after a flood or a leak. What’s happening is that the slab of your foundation has moved up. This occurs when soil soaks up moisture and expands.
Exterior cracks: Cracks on the exterior could be a sign of wear and tear over many years. However, sudden cracks after flooding or water leakage is an indication something is brewing in your home.
Uneven floors: If your floors become uneven over time, you likely have a damaged foundation. Settling soil is to blame. Try rolling a marble on the floor if you aren’t sure. If the floor is uneven it will roll far, but if it’s not it shouldn’t go far.
Gaps in door/window frames: Doors and windows will start sticking out of their frames allowing hot or cold air through. You may also have a hard time shutting your doors and windows as they no longer fit into the warped frames.
Mold and mildew: Both mold and mildew thrive in damp areas. And they will appear as greenish to grayish streaks on your basement walls. If these appear, yet the rest of the home is dry, it’s likely the foundation is water damaged.
Peeling wall paints: When the concrete absorbs moisture, it’s going to weaken the bond holding your paints. And the paint will start peeling off.
Tips to Protect Your Foundation
Lucky for you, there are many protective measures you can take to keep water out of your basement. Get a proper assessment from a foundation repair contractor so you get to know what solutions to apply.
Take good care of the guttering and downspout systems so water doesn’t drip down the side of your home into the foundation.
Re-grade your lawn and make sure the lawn slopes away from your home’s foundation. A 2-3% grade away will stop water from pooling. The idea is to get water flowing downslope.
Pay attention to your landscaping. Ensure the flowerbeds near the foundation have borders with openings. This way, water can flow out of the beds and down to the yard. Also ensure there’s proper airflow between the bushes/hedges near the foundation so water can evaporate quickly. The idea is to stop the soil from holding moisture.
Fix and repair any wall cracks and gaps. If these are significant in amount and size, you may need to have professional foundation repair measures installed.
Make sure your home is properly waterproofed. You may need solutions including interior drainage, sump pumps, and dehumidifiers to help control any water and moisture in your basement.
Water Damage Repairs
Not sure what’s ailing your basement? Get in touch with the experts at Complete Basement Systems for a free foundation repair inspection and quote today. Our experts will assess the condition of the foundation and recommend the appropriate fixes.