Floods, Foundations, and Leaks – Oh My!
Warm weather and sunshine have us here at Floors to Ceiling Restoration thinking Spring! If this Spring is anything like last year, we are in for heavy rains and possible flooding, and that means expanding and shifting soil. Expanding and shifting soil can cause cracks in your home’s foundation and negatively impact the pipes, roof, and structural integrity of your home.
With heavy rains, the soil around your foundation can absorb too much moisture and swell due to pooling or improper drainage. This swelling can create pressure on your foundation, causing it to crack. Cracks can be small and unnoticeable, or large and visible. Either way, these cracks can cause pressure on plumbing and damage pipes. Damaged pipes can leak or burst underneath your home and damage flooring, walls, and more.
One way to prevent pooling is to check your roof runoff and gutters to ensure that excess amounts of water are not deposited near your foundation. Be sure downspouts are connected to your gutters and are directed away from your foundation. Also, you can grade the soil around the foundation of your home to make sure it slopes approximately ¼ inch for every 12 inches.
Damaged pipes caused by shift foundations or a settling house may not be covered by your homeowners insurance and result in costly out of pocket repairs. Take time to investigate your foundation for cracks or areas of concern, or call a foundation expert to investigate.
There are also several interior signs of foundation damage to be on the lookout for:
- Plumbing leaks
- Cracks in sheet rock and walls
- Cracks in brick work
- Sloping or cracking floors
- Doors or windows that won’t open or are jamming
- Window frame separation
- Frieze board separation
- Uneven doors/floors
While not all of these signs listed translate to plumbing issues, many of them do. Cracks in brick and sheet rock, plumbing leaks, and buckling floors may indicate a serious issue that you can’t see. Bubbling paint or wallpaper, wet or squishy floors, and unexplained water stains are also evidence of a more serious problem.