Cracks in the foundation of your home may not seem like a big concern, but they can lead to much bigger problems. Any crack that is one-fourth of an inch wide or wider found in the foundation, blocks, bricks, or steps can cause serious damage to the overall foundation.
Cracks allow water and moisture in to the foundation, which weakens the overall structure. It can also lead to water and dampness in the basement or lower level of the home. The more moisture that gets into the foundation, the more damage it can cause.
There are a number of ways to prevent damage to your home before you find yourself repairing a cracked foundation. First thing you can do is keep all organic material away from the outer wall of your foundation. This includes plants, soil, and fallen leaves. Having these pressed against the foundation will present constant moisture which can soften the surface and lead to cracks.
All plants should be a minimum of two feet away from the foundation. This will also keep their roots from trying to dig into the foundation. Bedding should also not be placed right up to the foundation.
It is also important to make sure the ground leading up to the foundation is not slopped downward. You do not want water flowing towards your house?s foundation while it is raining, you want it flowing away from your foundation. This will lead to the need for foundation repair.
If you do get water in your home during a hard rain or storm, it is important to get it cleaned and dried as quickly as possible. There are companies you can bring in that will ensure all the moisture is sucked out to prevent the development of mold along the inside of your foundation.
For homes with basements, sump pumps can do a lot towards protecting the basement from flooding. Make sure sump pumps are replaced at least every 15 years. Over 98% of homes with basements experience some type of water damage. Even the smallest of basement water leaks can cause serious damage, which is why it is so important not to let things go.
Repairing a cracked foundation is essential. Basement waterproofing can help to protect the basement by addressing the interior walls. Basement cracks and leaks can also be repaired, but waiting for it to rain and get wet is not the time. Repairing a cracked foundation needs to happen before there is a serious problem and when the basement floors and walls are still dry.
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