The foundation of your home can take a beating. From extreme, changing weather conditions to normal wear and tear, even the strongest foundations are susceptible to damage. Maintaining your foundation ensures not only a safe home, but can also save you a lot of money in the long run. In order to do this, a smart homeowner will have their local foundation repair company routinely inspect their foundation for any potential issues and, if necessary, have repairs completed.
Leaks and other exposure to water can be harmful to a foundation, especially pier and beam foundations. Most pier and beam foundations utilize wood in their construction. While the foundation itself is shielded from the elements, a compromised crawlspace can cause issues. Excess humidity and water build up can cause mold, mildew, and even wood rot. Wood rot can be especially damaging if left unnoticed in the sub flooring.
There are other sources to consider for leaks, too. Plumbing is also a common culprit and leaky pipes can cause water to accumulate on a slab foundation. This can create cracks or, if there are already some cracks that haven’t been filled, cause the cracks to become even larger. Unrepaired leaks can not only drive up your water bill, but also the cost to repair your foundation if left alone for too long.
A foundation in bad repair can also cause leaks, which in turn can cause more foundation issues. These two types of damages, when combined, are a revolving door of problems. Ensuring proper maintenance of your foundation and having routine inspections is essential.
Filling And Repairing Cracks In The Foundation