Surface water is one of the worst enemies your house’s foundation could ever have. It can damage your foundation, it can damage your health, and it can affect the value of your property in a very bad way. Still, you can’t stop rain from falling down, right, so you need to find other ways to deal with it. And while they are plenty of those, the first thing you need to do is find out whether your house is having a problem caused by surface water or not.
A leaky basement can arise from any number of things, which is why you may want to investigate a little bit before calling in the pros. Leaks can arise from HVAC systems, ventilation systems, condensation from pipes, sump pumps, and of course, seepage from walls, ceilings, and foundations. However, it is estimated that over 90% of all basement leaks stem from the joint where the wall and floor meet.
Understanding the foundation and wall cracks and
knowing the early signs can help homeowners win the maintenance war against
structural problems. If you can spot the
early warning signs of foundation cracks and deteriorating structural integrity
of your property, it can lead to easy and stress-free repairs and less painful
on the wallet. Another approach that can be done to steer away from
foundation-related problems is to avoid the usual homeowner mistakes related to
foundation checks and maintenance.