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Protect Your Foundation From Water

Mar 21, 2008
Whether a dwelling place is old or new, in specific situations it can be prone to structural damage. This is an occurrence you will defiantly not want to happen. The amount of money for having your structural foundation repaired can be enormous.

Foundation damage will usually come about in a home or building because of issues caused from water. If water locates a spot to flow into the structure of your building, it can begin to cause damage. When the residence is placed on a slope where the water flows down to it, the water will sometimes accumulate around the base of the house. If this happens, over time, the water can eventually cause a foundation to sink. The sinking of a few inches on any area might cause damage from a little to a lot for a home structure. The cinder blocks of the base can crack, split, or come apart at the cement seams from pressure or water damage. Bricks on homes can separate where the mortar binds them together. These are visible signs of foundation failure.

If your structure begins to settle on any side, it will sometimes cause problems for the interior also. You could notice that some floors will begin to lean in spots. Sheet rock could start separating and cracking because the wall studs behind it are gradually becoming misaligned. Doorways may begin to slant one way or the other and make doors hard to open and close. Window frames can be affected as well.

When you see these examples of damage inside the house, you likely have foundational issues taking place. You have to call some help as soon as you can. Foundational problems can positively destroy the value of your house. If you repair the damage quickly, you may avoid a bigger repair that can cost you a lot more money in the future.

After big rains, observe where and how any excess water is running to. Keeping it from gathering around your base structure is very important. If there are drainage situations and they are something you have no idea how to fix, a landscaper could help.

You must ensure the gutters on the house are working adequately. When they have rusted spots on them, water can gather in spots where it does not need to. Structural damage can also begin on your roof if gutters are stopped up or loose and not working properly.

Water can be an asset to your home or it may be one of its worst enemies. It has to come into and go out of your home the right way and not gather where it should not. Check out your home foundation every once in a while to keep it from being damaged by water.
About the Author
Jim Corkern is a writer and promoter of
Fort Lauderdale Water Damage Restoration and
Miami Water Damage Restoration
Which are Certified IICRC Water damage and mold remediation contractors.
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