Water Problems Can Wreak Havoc on Your Foundation

Winter frost or spring rain storms can be beautiful to behold. Water is everywhere and affects everything. Although water is a part of all of our lives, it can lead to devastating consequences if you aren’t prepared to deal with its effects on your home’s foundation

Foundation Problems Caused by Water

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Hydrostatic Pressure: Hydrostatic pressure is pressure from water built up in the soil (due to improper drainage, gutter problems, etc.) that pushes against the side of the home’s foundation walls. This uneven and unequal pressure leads to some parts of the wall bowing inwards or cracking and others staying the same. Inside your home, you might see cracks in your basement or crawlspace walls, bowing or leaning walls, or cracks in the foundation slab. These are all serious problems that you should address immediately. These could cause your home to collapse!


Crawlspace or Basement Flooding: This type of flooding could be caused by several different factors. One reason for basement flooding is gutters placed too close to the side of the home that drain directly into the foundation. Another reason could be improper drainage in the yard which leads to cracks in the foundation walls which let in water. Yet another reason could be a plumbing problem within your home that needs resolved. If you’re not sure why your crawlspace or basement is flooding, it might be time to call the professionals at Foundation Systems of West Virginia for basement waterproofing solutions.


Crawlspace Mold or Mildew: Mold or mildew in the crawlspace or basement is caused by moisture building up inside and having no way to dry out. This will eventually cause mold and mildew, which can lead to other problems with air quality and pests in the home. This is usually caused by improper ventilation, unfinished (dirt) crawlspaces, or other unaddressed flooding problems in the basement or crawlspace. This can be resolved with mold remediation and crawlspace encapsulation.


If you are having problems with water in your home, it might be time to call Foundation Professionals of West Virginia for a free estimate. We are happy to work with you to solve any foundation, basement and crawlspace, or drainage problems you may be experiencing. Contact us today to get started!

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