When moisture finds its way to your foundation because of cracks and leaks in a foundation, a wide range of problems can occur. The air quality and health of your home can be challenged if mold is allowed to develop. Excessive moisture is an invitation to household pests. And a wet basement can upset the climate of your home, leading to more expensive heating bills. It can also create an odor which, over time will work its way into clothing, furniture, even the walls of a home. Because many families use their basements for entertainment, storage, or even a bedroom or study, water damage can be both costly and heartbreaking. Simply put, an unhealthy foundation creates an unhealthy home, and an unhealthy environment for your family.
In business and in life, foundations are important. They support all we hold dear. So when water threatens the integrity of your foundation, it’s a problem that cannot be ignored. Steps must be taken to protect foundations.
Keeping Your Foundation Dry
One of the best ways to prevent water from finding the flaws in your basement is by waterproofing your basement walls. But every foundation is different and each home must be treated individually. Beware of the patented process! No one process will work for every home.
For example, a chronic moisture problem in a poured concrete (cast in place) foundation can allow organic material to make its way into the walls of your basement. When that happens, that material has to be flushed out before it can be repaired. If your home has a stone foundation, it is important to coat the basement with a product that breathes. Otherwise locked-in moisture will destroy the mortar and weaken the walls. And foundations made from block can suffer damage, if water settles inside the chambers. Look for horizontal cracks where the wall is beginning to “belly in.”
While Waterproof Solutions can correct problems in the interior of your basement, it’s also important to understand and identify what is happening on the outside of your home. How did the water get there in the first place?
One of the easiest ways to prevent potential water damage is by simply managing your yard. Even the most extensive and well-planned landscaping projects can end up saving a homeowner a significant amount of money by simply directing moisture away from the foundation. Here are a few issues to consider.
Root of the Problem
Trees can add value to your property. But the roots can be a serious threat to a foundation, if the trees are planted too close to the house, or if the wrong trees are selected. Different trees have different root systems. Oak, Willow and Poplar are particularly large. Know your trees! And if you don’t, consult with someone who does.
Whether you are building a new home or maintaining an older one, the slope of a lawn should always be managed carefully. Improper grading can direct water toward your foundation instead of away. Soil erosion can also change the grading of a lawn over time, so it’s not an issue that can ever be ignored. If standing water exists after a storm, a professional should be consulted to correct the problem.
While heavy rain can be potentially damaging to your home, even homes in a moderate climate can suffer damage if the irrigation and drainage equipment is improperly placed. This can lead to damage to landscaping and ultimately to your foundation. Is there enough vegetation to help catch the runoff from gutters? Are the exterior irrigation systems in good working order? Are sidewalks and patios preventing water from running away from the foundation?
If you have questions about your yard, call Waterproof Solutions. We’ve consulted with engineers and landscaping experts all over the city. If we don’t know the answer, we’ll work together to find an answer. Because at the end of the day it’s not about being right, it’s about getting it right.
Proper lawn maintenance can almost always be done for far less than the cost of repairs. Protecting your foundation also protects your family and your investment. Make sure to manage your yard, or it will manage you.