Waterproofing Basics

Water ManagmentWater is a significant threat to your home’s foundation, basement, and value. When water enters your home, it can cause recurring leaks that damage valuable living and storage areas and limit their use or make them entirely unusable. Damage to the foundation, walls and windows are also a strong possibility.   When water becomes a problem, it typically causes more water proofing issues!

Water can enter your home in a wide variety of ways. In the southern United States, the most common sources of water leaks are cracks in walls and over or under the basement floor. These conditions are most often created when excess soil moisture creates pressure under the basement floor or footer causing small cracks that allow the water to leak into the basement space. Walls and windowsills may leak excessively and allow water to flow down into basement areas. Block walls are particularly vulnerable to water leaks because the mortar between the blocks is porous. These types of leaks often go undetected until calcium deposits, mold or mildew are visible. Sometimes these leaks are hidden behind drywall or paneling.

Once water has gotten into your home, it can cause ongoing and increasing water proofing problems. The foundation may settle and crack leading to loss of structural stability and to damage to basement walls such as bowing and cracking. Continuing water problems can lead to poor air quality and mold, which may aggravate allergies or other health issues. Water problems also often cause damage to HVAC and furnace equipment and to appliances. In extreme situations, water leaks create electrical hazards that can cause fires.

Once water problems occur, they only get worse and more expensive to repair. The good news is that Foundation Home Services has effective ways to provide permanent water proofing solutions.

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