Warning Signs: Cracks In The Foundation

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Water Damage

2. Water damage and soil shifting

Improper water drainage is one of the leading causes of foundation failure. When soil surrounding the home rapidly expands (during wet spells) and contracts (during dry ones), this can lead to unnatural soil shifting — a process that places tremendous pressure on the underlying foundation.

In addition to being a major cause of foundation damage, improper water drainage is also a telltale sign that foundation failure has already taken place. Cracks in the foundation can redirect water to lower soil levels, resulting in excessive moisture buildup around the property.

Whether a symptom or cause, water damage requires immediate intervention. Fortunately, homeowners can check for potential signs of water damage by inspecting the soil around the property to see if it is:

  • Unnaturally wet (assuming no rain has fallen recently)
  • Unusually dry (following a heavy rainfall or after watering the lawn with a garden hose)

However, water damage and improper drainage often exist in other parts of the home — sometimes hidden from view. In addition to doing a top-to-bottom inspection of the property, homeowners should also check for invisible leaks by:

  • Shutting off all water-based appliances, spigots and faucets
  • Noting the exact readout of the water meter
  • Waiting six to 12 hours
  • Checking to see if the water meter has changed

If there is a change, leaks may exist behind the wall or underneath the floor. Call in both a plumber and foundation repair expert immediately — before the problem gets worse.

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Source : http://www.propertycasualty360.com/2014/12/01/5-warning-signs-of-building-foundation-problems



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