Water can do a lot of damage to your home. But your foundation suffers the most when water invades your house. Foundation repair can become costly if you allow the water to continue causing damage. Water damage is particularly dangerous to your foundation because it often goes unnoticed for quite some time. The sooner you become aware of the damage and get it fixed, the less costly your repair will be in the future.
How Water Damages Your Foundation
Moving water can easily destroy strong foundations, but even standing water can weaken your home. When water sits on or runs over a surface, it begins to erode whatever it’s on, especially wooden materials. The supports and foundation of your home can begin to crumble when water moves over it or sits on it. And because many of the pipes in your home run behind walls, under floors, and beneath the foundation, any leaks or bursts pose a threat to your house’s structure. While the damage may not be initially extensive, it can spread and worsen the longer water is allowed to sit there.
How to Tell if Your Foundation Has Water Damage
Because water damage is often concealed behind walls and under floors, it’s important to understand the signs of water damage so you can repair them immediately. If you begin to notice any of the following in your home, chances are you have water damage.
- Bubbling or Peeling Wallpaper
- Bowed or Creaking Flooring
- Dips in Flooring
- Spots of Discoloration on Walls or Floors
- Higher Water Bill Without Extra Water Use
- Musty Scent (a sign of mold, one of the most common symptoms of water damage)
Even if you only notice one of these signs, it’s a good idea to have your home inspected for water damage.
Foundation Repair After Water Damage
If your foundation is damaged by water, you need to get it repaired right away. The foundation of your home supplies safety and stability to every other aspect. If your house is unstable, it can cause severe injury and damage over time. Foundation repair can be costly, yes, but it saves you time and money on future repairs to the rest of your home.
After your foundation has been repaired, you can also take steps to prevent water from damaging it in the future. Basement and crawlspace waterproofing helps keep unnecessary moisture out of your home. You can also install a drainage system in your yard or basement to help divert water away from your foundation.
Foundation Repair with HS Restoration
At HS Restoration, we want to ensure your home is safe and sound for your family. After any amount of water damage, it’s important to have an inspection and invest in any foundation repair needed. Our trained and certified technicians will extract the water, do a full inspection, repair the damage, and help you prevent future water damage. If you need help with water damage to your home’s foundation, give us a call at 609-614-3271.