One of the parts of your house that should never fail is the foundation. However, you must have heard of foundations that failed. Foundation failure can be caused by various things including sudden earth tremors, gradual soil erosion, and more. Note that water damage is another common cause of foundation failure. This article will focus on how you can minimize the water damage to your foundation.
Prevent water damage in your house
One of the telltale sign of water damage in your home is leaks. Hissing pipes, dripping faucets, or clogged toilets are some of the signs of leaks. If you notice such things in your home, it’s time to call an expert to analyze and address the issues. Don’t attempt to fix the problems on your own unless you are a professional plumber and you know what you are doing.
Other signs that your pipes and other water channels are leaking include crumbling concrete, rot and mold, stains and discolorations on your floors walls, and foundations, and more. Keep in mind that foundation damage might remain invisible until it’s too late.
For example, it is add to know if a pipe below your house floor has busted or have loose valves. One way of spotting such leaks is by turning off all the taps in your house for a few hours and then check if the meter reading continues to change.
Note that if such leaks are left unaddressed, they might damage your foundations gradually. This might be costly to correct and in worst cases might make your esteemed house to crumble down. Besides, you are likely to be paying higher water bills if the problem isn’t corrected.
To be on the safe side, you should conduct home inspections from time to time to ensure that any leak is spotted as early as possible.
Prevent water damage outside your house
Rain and runoff can have negative impact on your house foundation. Therefore, it is advisable to frequently inspect your property’s exterior. This will include:
- Check for and fix loose, broken or missing roof tiles
- At the beginning of every winter, clean your gutters to ensure that the water from rooftop is channeled away to prevent it from damaging the foundation.
- Make sure that all the downspouts eject water for the roof top at least two yards away from the foundation
Always check your foundation to ensure that its strong. If you notice any flaw, it should be corrected by an expert.