Four Water Issues That Damage Foundations
Foundation leaks can be the beginning of the end for your home unless you act promptly to have them repaired. Even better than repairs, though, is taking steps to recognize and fix potential foundation problem causers before the damage occurs.
1. Main Drain Leaks
The main drain, or sewer line, can cause damage to both the interior and exterior of your foundation. If the line leaks where it penetrates the foundation, the acids in the sewage can erode the concrete foundation and cause it to weaken and crumble — thus making it more susceptible to leaks. When a main drain leaks outside of the home, excess moisture in the soil up against the side of the foundation or underneath it can cause foundation cracking. Water, and in some cases sewage, can then leak into your home.
2. Water Supply Line Issues
Much like a main drain, a water supply line that enters through the foundation can also cause damage. Often, what happens is that a main water supply leaks beneath a slab foundation. The water leak creates a void under the foundation, so the foundation then begins to settle unevenly. This leads to a cracked foundation and a weakened structure since your home is no longer level. Water can also sometimes collects against the walls of a basement foundation, putting undue pressure on the concrete and leading a leak.
3. Poor Irrigation Drainage
A green lawn and healthy landscape are important, but if it isn't irrigated safely the excess water can collect against the foundation of your home. The increased pressure from all this water and wet soil may lead to foundation cracks. Make sure your yard is properly graded so that irrigation water runs away from your home. If you still have issues, a service can install perforated drain pipes in trenches around your foundation. Excess irrigation water will trickle into these pipes and then be routed well away from your foundation walls.
4. Failed Sump Pump
Many homes with basements have damp issues, but a sump pump in a drain pit in the basement solves the problem. Unfortunately, if the sump pump fails then water can collect in and around the basement foundation. Eventually, damage occurs and foundation leaks become a problem. It's important to have your pump tested, inspected, and maintained annually so you can make sure it is working properly.
Contact a foundation contractor if you suspect that your plumbing or a water issue has caused damage to your foundation.
For more information, reach out to a company like Du-West Foundation Repair.