One could say that the most important part of your home, in terms of structure, is the foundation. A house’s foundation secures and tethers the entire structure to the ground, so that loads are transferred from the building to the ground. Foundations also serve as the ‘anchor’ of the house affording protection against extreme natural events such as gales, earthquakes and floodwater.
With roles as crucial as those, you can’t leave any problem issues to your foundations unattended. Leaking foundations, and flooded basements, for example, need to be addressed at the soonest possible time, to prevent further structural issues.
How leaks develop
Often leaks will arise because of cracks in the foundation walls. Damage to the exterior walls can also cause water to leak through to the foundations. These cracks develop because of soil pressure, soil shrinkage, hydrostatic pressure, and significant changes in temperature, among other things. There’s also the possibility of soil upheaval, and foundation settlement. Plumbing leaks that go unaddressed can also contribute to the deterioration of the foundation.
Cracks aren’t always going to be problematic. Foundations can typically have small cracks, but there are cracks that are truly cause for concern. Regular inspections will help differentiate minor cracks from serious problems and allow for early detection of other important issues.
Fixing the leaks
Some minor cracks can be solved by simple cement and seal combinations. For more complicated cases, you can arguably still do a DIY repair with enough research and some tools. But do you really want to leave the fate of your home’s entire structure to your own inexperienced hands? If not done properly, more breaks could develop, resulting in a bigger problem to deal with.
Better resolve the issue properly the first time around. The answer is to hire a professional company to do the work for you. Experience contractors are trained to get your foundation fixed completely. They have the equipment and know-how to do whatever is needed to restore the structural integrity of your home’s base.
Contractors in your area are your best bet, because most building codes are applied at the local level. Local companies will know what’s required, including technical details like permit applications. Compliance with the building code is important for administrative purposes as well as to ensure the safety of occupants.
Your local contractor will also have a better understanding of the soil properties in your location. Soil is one of the primary concerns where foundation construction is concerned, after all. This helps them deal with soil-related factors and come up with the proper solutions. When these issues are given proper consideration, your home will have a more secure and resilient foundation.
In order to keep your home in tip-top shape, you need to ensure that the foundation is always structurally sound. Should you spot any foundation leaks, act right away.
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