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The Effect of Rain on Foundation and How to Prevent It

The Effect of Rain on Foundation and How to Prevent It

What do damaged vegetation, rotting wood, cracked walls, and mildew have in common? They’re all effects of water intrusion in your home. And unfortunately, these issues are just a few of the many problems that can occur if rain is not properly drained away from your property. Water damage is a serious issue that could lead to the destruction of your yard, health issues for residents, and serious damage to your house structure. Today we’re going to explore the effects of rain on foundation in order to best prepare homeowners for recognizing and preventing water damage and excess moisture-related issues.

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Water intrusion effects

Rain can be restorative, breathing new life into your vegetation, but it can also wreck your property. Improperly drained yards can lead to water pooling and killing plants, with faulty drainage systems causing water to leak into the home. This potentially disastrous predicament can cause water to seep into floorboards, rotting wood and causing bacteria and mold to grow in crawl spaces and cause health problems. Floorboards and walls can become water damaged and warped, distorting the appearance of your living space.

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However, the most worrisome effect that water can have on your home is foundation damage. When moisture isn’t properly funneled away from the home, there are several ways that it can destroy foundation over time. When water accumulates under the home and isn’t able to drain, serious foundation issues such as settling and cracks can occur. Another problematic effect of excess water is “heaving,” which occurs when clay soil expands and forces the soil upwards in direction. This can lead to surface and subsurface water negatively affecting pier and beam or slab foundations.

How to spot water damage  

Fortunately, there are ways for homeowners to spot water damage and address leakages and moisture intrusion before damage has the opportunity to spread. The best way to protect your property value is to perform routine inspections both inside and outside of the home, especially directly after periods of heavy rainfall. Signs of water damage include pools of water following periods of heavy rain, the presence of salt deposits (efflorescence) on crawl space walls, increased radon levels, pests/insect invasion in your home, and exterior paint peeling. Additionally, signs of mildew, mold, rust, and rot, as well as strong musty odors, headaches, and breathing issues, are also indicators of water intrusion. If you notice any of these signs, it’s important to contact a professional as soon as possible to investigate the situation.

Related: Poor Drainage And Your Landscape 

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Preventing water from entering your home

The best way to prevent water damage from infiltrating your home is to invest in a proper drainage system. Homeowners should always make sure they have a drainage system that meets the needs of their property and continues to operate smoothly without any blockage or hiccups. However, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes drainage systems fail or homeowners don’t consider installation until damage has become apparent. Fortunately, many moisture issues can be amended or prevented if the correct drainage system is installed by professional contractors. 

To prevent water intrusion, make sure that the drainage system grates are graded away from the foundation of the home and that there is an exterior drain system in your basement if your home is equipped with one. Additionally, it’s key to ensure that your gutters are not clogged and your down spurts are working correctly. Clear gutters of any leaves, debris, and blockage and ensure that your property is always kept in good repair.  

Drainage system solutions

In order to prevent foundation damage due to excess moisture, there are a number of solutions available. When it comes to drainage system solutions, there are many different options to choose from. French drains are one of the most popular drainage system options. French drains are very effective at removing small to moderate amounts of water from the foundation and redirecting the flow away from your property without disrupting the landscape. Additionally, surface drains are often turned to for more extensive yard drainage problems, since they are able to pump away large amounts of water rapidly, especially when working along with a sump pump. The right drainage system will depend on the extent of damage, as well as the type of foundation and soil and the nature of the problem. Other drainage system options include rounded grates, pop-up emitters, atrium grates, flo-wells, and channel drains.

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Signs of foundation damage

While the right drainage system can save your home from certain disaster, sometimes the damage has already amassed too much to simply drain excess water away. If water has evaded your home, especially for prolonged periods of time, know the signs of foundation damage to lookout for. Signs of foundation damage include buildings that have a visible slant to them, or floorboards, walls, or ceilings that have become bowed, warped, or slanted. Unusually large cracks, wide cracks, horizontal cracks, and cracks clustered closely together are also potentially problematic. These effects can occur from excess moisture, so It’s important to be on the lookout for signs of excess moisture in your home. The sooner you address foundation damage, the lesser the extent of the damage. 

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Fortunately, most cases of foundation damage can be corrected with foundation repair though more significant damage may require foundation replacement. You can avoid this costly project by connecting with a professional contractor as soon as you notice water intrusion on your property.  

Is rain destroying your Southern California home?

It’s time to get started on your solution. Protect your property and safeguard your assets by calling California Foundation Works today. Our crew of foundation experts will give your property problems the care and attention they deserve so that we can provide the best solution for your unique situation. Allow us to correct drainage system failures, moisture intrusion, and foundation damage so your home will remain fortified for many years to come. Call today to get started on crafting your custom solution!  

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How Do You Know if Your Drainage System Is Broken?

Have things in your yard been a bit soggy lately? Bad drainage in your property can lead to damaged landscaping, causing the curb appeal of your home to plummet and vegetation to be destroyed. Even worse, the structural integrity of your building can become threatened by bad yard drainage systems, since water damage can invade your home and wreak havoc on your foundation. Fortunately you can prevent things from getting out of hand by recognizing and addressing improper drainage through home inspections and yard drainage repair. Luckily there are plenty of warning signs to look out for before the problem gets critical.

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Exterior signs of drainage system failure

When it comes to keeping your home protected and your property value firmly intact, it’s critical to inspect your property for signs of water damage. There are a number of telltale signs of bad drainage that you can spot outside of your home. Puddles and yard erosion present clear indicators that the yard drainage is amiss. Inspecting your yard following a heavy rain will allow you to see if there are faults in the drainage system, causing water to pool or puddle. It’s also important to check the height of the soil against the foundation to ensure that it isn’t being eroded and carried away due to the drainage system removing water too quickly during storms. If the topsoil is moving every time it rains, then there is a strong chance that your yard has a bad drainage system that needs repairs.

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An important area that homeowners should inspect to see if there is bad drainage is the gutters. Clogged gutters provide an easy to spot sign that something is amiss with your drainage system. When gutters become clogged, water is forced to redirect, which could lead to ruined paint and sliding. To avoid these issues, clean your gutters regularly and check to see if they appear to be draining correctly during heavy downpour, as clogged gutters are easily visible. And of course, always make sure that your gutters are carrying water away from the home and not into the foundation. While you can examine gutters during rainfall, you can also check for water pooling underneath the downspouts and gutters after a heavy storm.

Interior signs of drainage system failure

During and after periods of heavy rainfall is often the best time to examine your home for internal signs of drainage failure. There are several key things to check inside your home to make sure your drainage system is operating correctly. Homeowners should be on the lookout for signs of efflorescence, mildew, warped wood, bowing floors, and wet crawl spaces. Efflorescence is a crusty salt deposit of white or grey color that becomes visible on the walls of the foundation when water evaporates. Mildew, which can often be detected by its musty odor, can cause roofing issues. Any musty, strong, or unusual odors should always be inspected, as they can be a sign of mildew, mold, fungus, or bacteria. Additionally, warped wood, bowing floors, and wet crawl spaces all present clear indicators that moisture is entering the home when it shouldn’t be. Soggy, wet, and rotting areas all need to be addressed as soon as possible.
A very obvious sign that yard drainage repair is needed is water infiltration into the home. The three main ways that water finds itself entering a home is through foundation cracks, under the floorboards, or over the foundation. Foundation crack leakage is a serious issue that will require professional evaluation to determine the extent of the damage to see if foundation repair is needed. Water entering the home through the floors likely means there is a high water table under the home, which can be corrected through interior drainage installation and sump pumps. If water is seeping into the foundation with no cracks visible, then it’s likely that there are overflowing gutters or high grading that need to be fixed.

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Solutions for improper yard drainage

In order to preserve the integrity of your yard, wood framing, and foundation, it’s crucial to address any drainage problems as soon as you notice the first warning signs. Your yard drainage repair will ultimately depend on the problem at hand, as there are a variety of different drainage solutions that can resolve your issues depending on what they may be.

The nature of the drainage issues, the type of soil on your property, and the slope of the land the home is on all are factors to consider when selecting the right drainage system.

A professional contractor will be able to evaluate your home and determine the best solution for your unique issue in order to protect both your yard and your structure.
There are a variety of drainage solutions to choose from, including French drains, sloped grading, surface drains, terracing, trench drains, sump pumps, rounded grates, pop-up emitters, atrium grate, flo-wells, and channel drains. French drains tend to be one of the most requested and reliable drainage solutions, as they are able to redirect the flow of large amounts of water away from the home. French drains are best suited for sloped and hillside homes, while many also choose to install trench drains in their backyards to correct conglomerating water runoff. Additionally, sump pumps are highly beneficial drainage solutions installed under a crawl space. Their purpose is to rapidly pump water away from the home, making them ideal for low-level houses during major storms and floods.

Don’t allow for water to invade your home or ruin your landscape.

Protect both your assets and your curb appeal by correcting any drainage system failures before they lead to more extensive problems.

Here at California Foundation Works, we specialize in yard drainage repair no matter the extent of the problem. Our team of experienced contractors is able to install or repair any yard drainage system that your home requires.

Call today to book your free home inspection. Let’s get started discussing your drainage options!

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How Your Home Can Benefit From Crawl Space Vapor Barriers

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From wood rot to mold to mildew, fungus, and bacteria, there are many unsavory side effects that come with water intrusion in your home. The effects of excess water can both jeopardize the structure of your home and expose members of the household to hazardous fumes. Over time this will both significantly decrease the property value of the home and endanger members of the household. Fortunately there is an easy way to prevent these issues from occurring. Crawl space vapor barriers will provide the insulation needed to prevent water intrusion in your home, with a single installation providing 20 years or more of protection.

What are crawl space vapor barriers?

Crawl space vapor barriers lock out moisture and water by providing an insulated seal over the opening. Most vapor barriers are constructed from polyethylene plastic sheeting, poly, with the thickness of the poly varying depending on the needs of the project. Reinforced poly sheeting is able to offer enormous protection against water intrusion, with the average poly sheeting crawl space vapor barrier lasting 20 years or more. Overall this process is highly effective for preventing moisture entry.

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Does my home need crawl space vapor barriers?

If you’ve noticed signs of water intrusion in your home, then it’s best to book a professional evaluation to determine the best course of action for eliminating the excess moisture. If you notice any traces of mildew, rust, rot, or mold, then it’s critical to intervene as soon as possible before they issues exacerbate. Signs of these presences include increased difficulty in breathing, allergies, asthma, headaches, and other related illnesses. Other signs of water intrusion to look out for include pools of water following rain, salt deposits on the crawl space walls, offensive musty odors, pest/insect intrusion, and peeling paint on the home’s exterior.
Additionally, certain homes are predisposed to crawl space water intrusion. Older homes are more likely to need crawl space insulation due to the presence of ventilation built into the crawl spaces. These tiny ventilated holes that tend to be in the crawl spaces of older homes were intended to increase air access, but instead, they tend to trap moisture beneath the home. Crawl space insulation is also required more often in humid environments, which run a higher chance of moisture entering the home. Additionally, homes that have exposed dirt crawl spaces are more susceptible to water intrusion, making crawl space insulation highly beneficial for these homes. If your home has any of these characteristics, and especially if it has multiple problematic factors, then there is a very high chance that crawl space vapor insulation could enormously protect your property.

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Benefits of crawl space vapor barriers

Vapor barriers work extremely effectively against preventing water intrusion, saving the structure of the home from damage and decay. However, the crawl space insulation process is also able to protect a variety of areas of the home as well. Crawl space vapor barrier insulation deters moisture from collecting on pipes, which can lead to them breaking over time due to rust buildup. The insulation process also greatly lowers the risk of electrical and wire hazards that can occur when moisture mixes with electrics.

Without moisture protection, wires can rust, electrical shorts can occur, and fires can be sparked.
Overall, crawl space vapor barriers are needed to provide long-term protection for your home. In order to guarantee that your home remains healthy and intact, then proper insulation is a necessary measure to take. The protection insulation offers will allow the price of your home to remain steady and even rise over time, guarding your property value in a cost-effective way.

Long-term crawl space insulation savings

Crawl space vapor barriers are long-term investments in the lasting health of your home. Since fungus and other moisture-related issues can spread very quickly, a building can rapidly deteriorate without proper insulation. Poly is an extremely reliable material, so if you wish to cut costs on your crawl space insulation, thinner poly can be used. However, it’s important to use professional-strength “virgin” poly, since poly material you can purchase from hardware stores often is riddled with impurities that decrease its long-term efficiency. Therefore, professional poly insulation can provide decades of insulation benefits, saving the homeowner quite a deal of money through long-term protection.
In addition to protecting the structure of the home and guarding against the entry of harmful bacterias and funguses, crawl space vapor barriers are also lauded for their significant energy savings. Once the crawl space is thoroughly sealed, energy savings can drop by as much as 15% each year. Though this process with be especially beneficial for humid environments, it will also help homes located in dry environments cut energy costs over time.

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Ready to get started on protecting your home?

Invest in the long-term health of your structure and avoid water damage repairs by preventing moisture from entering your home in the first place. Crawl space vapor barriers will provide full insulation to keep your home protected from the dangers of water intrusion.

At California Foundation Works, we’ll assist you in selecting, measuring, and installing the perfect insulation for your crawl space. We’re more than happy to answer any and all questions you have about the process!

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Yard Drainage Winter Preparation

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Winter months are approaching, and though Southern California homeowners don’t have to contend with snow and the issues it brings, the cold weather still affects how homeowners should treat their property. While thoughts of insulation are certainly obvious when it comes to the temperatures cooling down, an important area of home maintenance that needs to be attended to is yard drainage. Today we’re going to break down how to get your yard and drainage system prepared for the winter months, as well as common winter drainage problems to avoid so that your property is in top shape during every season.

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Preparing your yard for winter

Fall is in the air and winter is on the horizon, which means it’s time for some yard cleaning. But where to begin? There are a number of areas you can address to make sure your yard will be prepared for winter. To facilitate smooth drainage, be sure to clean out your gutters and remove any fallen debris or blockage. Clogged gutters can easily become a source of costly and unnecessary hassle, while they can also lead to water damage if not properly cleaned. Next, be sure to drain your outside spigots by turning off water from inside the home. To take an extra precaution, you can also insulate any exterior faucets.

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Other general yard maintenance steps include power washing all outside surfaces in order to remove the dirt from the summer. You should also verify that your outdoor lighting system is fully functioning. Another important step for winter lawn care is fertilizing the lawn and making sure that any irrigation systems are properly drained. Overall the goal is to best preserve your yard, protect your existing landscape, and avoid drainage failure that could affect the yard come spring.

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Yard drainage is a necessary component of a healthy property. Clogged drainage systems can lead to a host of hassles for the homeowner. While you’re preparing your yard for the winter, it’s important to focus extra attention on keeping your drains unclogged and fully functioning. In addition to clearing debris out of the drains, you will need to regularly snake drains if they become clogged. By inserting a slender auger into the plumbing system, or getting a professional to do this for you, clogs can be dislodged to facilitate a smooth flow and unobstructed drainage system.
When inspecting your drainage system, it’s also important to ensure that your grates and pipes aren’t damaged or broken in any way. If you notice punctured, broken, damaged, or missing parts of any pipes or grates, then you should get them fixed right away, especially before the colder part of the year begins. Lastly, whatever you do, never use chemicals. When it comes to yard drainage, it’s never a good idea to use chemicals. That means if you have a drain that you cannot unclog on your own without chemical intervention, it’s time to call in the professionals. Attempting to use chemicals on your drain will only make the problem worse.

Related: Cause and Solutions to Common Drainage Problems

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Anticipating winter yard problems

While many wait for their yards to thaw out in the spring before addressing drainage issues, there is absolutely no reason to wait if you want your property to look its best while avoiding any damage. Since winter weather can be unpredictable even in Southern California, it’s important to prepare your yard ahead of time for anything that nature might have to offer. The process of water getting cold and thawing out that occurs during winter can lead to winter yard flooding, which is why it’s essential to have a fully functioning drainage system in the event of this occurring. 

Improper drainage in the winter can lead to a ruined yard in the spring if the yard isn’t able to properly drain itself during the cooler months. While no one wishes to see their landscape and vegetation ruined, an even more serious issue can occur if the drainage system is not adequately addressed. With the possibility of basement flooding due to a faulty drainage system, your foundation could become seriously damaged during the winter months. Improperly drained water can enter into tiny cracks in the foundation after seeping into the ground around the home. If frozen, the water can then expand and widen the cracks, causing even more water to enter the home when it thaws out. This process can repeat itself and lead to foundation damage, which can require extensive repair solutions in order to preserve the integrity of the home.

Addressing winter drainage problems 

While you can set your yard up for success by following the aforementioned tips for preparing your property, there are also steps you can take during the winter to make sure that everything is functioning smoothly. If water thaws, ensure that it is sloped away from sides of your home and isn’t able to enter through the cracks. It is highly recommended that you routinely inspect your drainage system to make sure that it remains unobstructed.
Some problems can be prevented by vigilance and routine maintenance, but there are other issues that may require professional help. In addition to foundation damage due to water, which should never be taken lightly, the two biggest winter drainage risks include plant damage and water entering the building through the driveway. Excess water caused by pooling due to a faulty drainage system can kill plants, causing your curb appeal to plummet. Additionally, water entering the property through the driveway can lead to personal property damage. Fortunately, these problems can be avoided by having the right drainage system installed to meet your yard’s unique needs.

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Is your drainage system in top shape? Are you prepared for the impact that winter months can have on your property?

Whether your drainage system is experiencing flaws or you wish to install a new system altogether, California Foundation Works is here to get the job done in order to protect your property. Our team of expert contractors are happy to repair or install any drainage system that suits your needs and desires while working within your budget. From sump pumps to French drains to drain boxes and catch basins, if you want it, we can install it!

Call today to book your free property inspection and get started on discussing your drainage options.  

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The Effects of Moisture on Foundation and How to Solve Them

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When it comes to protecting your property value and ensuring for the lasting structural stability of your building, maintaining a healthy foundation is critical. Unfortunately, many different threats come along over the years that can lead to foundation damage if not properly treated in a timely manner.

One of the biggest culprits for foundation damage is water intrusion, which comes in a variety of forms. While water pooling on your floor or in your yard is a clear indicator of drainage system failure, there are other signs of water intrusion that may be less noticeable to the average homeowner. Today we’re going to explore the effect moisture intrusion has on your foundation, different types of moisture intrusion, and how to permanently solve your foundation moisture problems to guarantee the lasting health and success of your home.

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How moisture affects your foundation

Even the most structurally secure building is still vulnerable to the effects of weather and time. Water is a main factor in foundation damage. One of the key ways it can wreak havoc on a home’s stability is by causing the moisture level in the base soil to fluctuate.

Excess moisture causes the soil to expand beneath the home, a predicament which drainage failure can exacerbate. This causes the soil to shift, which leads to the home shifting as well. 

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If water is not able to be redirected from underneath the home, especially during periods of heavy rain, the structural stability of the home can become severely threatened. Coupled with soil shrinking during dry periods, the uneven state of the soil can create an imbalance in your home’s foundation that can lead to the home settling, sinking, or shifting. In order to avoid the costly repairs associated with such renovations, it’s critical to equip your building with a reliable drainage system.

Spotting the warning signs

In order to catch water intrusion before it has the chance to worsen, there are a number of warning signs that the homeowner should be aware of. To best guard your home against the threat of water damage, it’s important to conduct routine home inspections and be on the lookout for signs of damage.

Water intrusion signs include obvious water leaks, a ring of dampness around walls, condensation on floors and walls, damp air, humidity, stained walls, carpet or wood deterioration, rotting areas of the home, mold or mildew odor, and cracks in the home. The cause of most cases of water intrusion is due to construction failure, plumbing leaks, drainage system failure, extreme weather (such as heavy rains or earthquakes), extended dry periods, or the presence of trees too close to the home.

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Water intrusion solutions

It’s extremely important to address any water intrusion in your building, and fortunately, there are a number of solutions for this issue based on the problem at hand. Below you can discover some of the most common types of water intrusion and how to address the issues within your home.

Interior water leaks

When attempting to identify the cause of water intrusion, it’s always best to rule out that it isn’t caused by a leak within the home.

Inside leaks can occur from showers, sinks, dishwashers, faulty piping, and other related areas.

In order to determine the root of the leak, locate where the moisture is coming from. If you discover that the leak is indeed related to an interior issue, the good news is that the repair process will be very easy. You will simply have to repair the leak or schedule a plumber to attend to the issue. Be sure to monitor the area to ensure that the moisture doesn’t reoccur. If it does, then you might have bigger issues to deal with. Another easy to solve the interior water issue is condensation. If you notice condensation due to moist, warm air coming in contact with your cooled exterior, be sure to check that your dryer and central air conditioner exhaust systems are flowing properly. If you find that these systems are not clogged, investing in an exhaust fan, better insulation, or increasing the air circulation should be able to help you with your issues.

Drainage failure

Without proper drainage system installation, rain and groundwater can find their way into a home. If water is accumulating in your yard and finding its way into your foundation, you are likely in need of a drainage repair or new system installation. A number of different drainage systems, such as French drains, sump pumps, catch basins, and drain boxes, work to redirect the flow of water so it is channeled away from the home. It’s crucial that your drainage system is able to pump water away from the home so it does not have the opportunity to collect and settle. Other drainage system repairs that your home might be in need of  include installing or repairing your gutters and downspouts to once again better facilitate the flow of water away from your property. Meeting with a drainage contractor will allow you the opportunity to better understand your unique drainage situation so that you can explore your options.

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Cracked foundation

Sometimes water intrusion is the result of a more serious issue, such as cracks in the foundation.

If your foundation has become compromised, there is a very strong chance that water is taking advantage of the situation and finding its way into your home.

Cracked and improperly installed foundation can be the cause of water intrusion, a problem which will only get worse over time.

In order to avoid the risk of needing a complete foundation repair, it’s important to contact a contractor right away if you notice a cracked foundation.

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The repairs will need to be addressed as soon as possible. A professional will be able to determine if a surface repair is satisfactory for your cracks or if larger underlying structural problems will need to be addressed to better protect your home.

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When it comes to addressing any home repair issues, it’s best to solve them as soon as possible before the issues have the chance to worsen. In all cases, the most cost-effective method of dealing with home repairs is preventative work. Except in the case of natural disasters, foundation damage doesn’t happen overnight. In order to catch problems in their earliest stages and provide the most budget-friendly options, be sure to be on the lookout for signs of foundation damage, including moisture intrusion. If you have spotted any of the foundation damage warning signs, be sure to contact a contractor right away in order to get your home examined by a professional. Don’t allow for a little moisture to turn into a major problem.

Related: Hiring a Foundation Waterproofing Contractor

Are you concerned about your home’s foundation? Have you noticed water intrusion or moisture invading your home?

At California Foundation Works, we’re dedicated to solving your home’s foundation problems in order to keep both your loved ones and assets safe.

Call today to book our free no obligation foundation inspection so that we can help you better understand your foundation moisture problems.

Are you ready to strengthen your home with a customized solution?

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Benefits of Waterproofing Your Property

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When it comes to home maintenance, there are many aspects of upkeep that homeowners should be aware of. One of the most crucial areas of homecare that should not be undervalued is waterproofing your property. Since the integrity of your building’s structure relies in part on reliable waterproofing, it’s essential to have your home waterproofed by professionals you can trust. Buildings that are not properly waterproofed are susceptible to foundation damage, water damage, health and safety risks, and a lowered property value.

Don’t allow for the importance of waterproofing in your building to be neglected! Read on to discover some of the top reasons why you should properly waterproof your building.

Waterproofing strengthens the structure

One of the best reasons to waterproof your building is to prolong its lifespan. Owning a building is one of the biggest investment assets you can make, so it’s detrimental to do all in your power to preserve and increase the lifespan of your structure.

Protecting your building from water intrusion can prevent against deterioration that could shave years off of the building’s lifespan. It can also help insulate your building against the many threats of deterioration that a variety of unpredictable weather elements can pose.

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Water and moisture can enter through the walls, floor, or ceiling and threaten the longevity of the building, which is why necessary waterproofing measures are needed to guard against these threats.

Waterproofing prevents health problems

It’s no surprise that homeowners want to keep water out of their buildings. But what threats can water pose? In addition to causing corrosion, rust, and rotting of building materials, one of the biggest threats that water intrusion can pose is mold growth. Whether your building is commercial or residential, the presence of mold can pose a serious risk to any occupants. Mold, mildew, and fungus growth is caused by a build-up of moisture in the walls or ceiling due to water intrusion. Exposure to mold can lead to a variety of health issues, including throat, eye, and skin irritation, a weakened immune system, asthma, allergies, chronic coughing, and other unsavory and potentially dangerous health problems.

In order to guard the safety of those exposed to the building’s environment, it’s essential to waterproof your building and prevent fungi and mold intrusion caused by water. Overall to have a successful building, it’s necessary to create a clean living space and a healthy environment.

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Waterproofing reduces overall maintenance costs

While some delay getting home repairs due to concerns about cost, necessary home procedures can actually save the homeowner money in the long run.

In order to maintain a healthy and stable building, it’s essential to make proper investments in the overall health of the structure.

Waterproofing provides a cost-effective way to safeguard your assets by preventing the need for more costly and extensive repairs down the line.

Water damage can lead to exponentially more expensive repair work that will easily surpass the cost of simple waterproofing measures. When it comes to safeguarding your property, prevention is always the most cost-effective solution.

Waterproofing increases your property value

Another way that waterproofing can help safeguard your assets and avoid financial perils down the line is by protecting and increasing your property value. Leaving your building vulnerable to the intrusion of water threatens not only risks the health of building occupants but the property value of the structure. Properties with waterproofing problems will plummet in property value and lead to a host of unsavory issues from structural damage to a decrease in aesthetic appeal. Protect your investment by investing in the long-term health of your building by waterproofing your structure.

Waterproofing will also allow for the long-term comfort of your building in order to make it more comfortable to live in down the line for generations to come.

Related: Hiring a Foundation Waterproofing Contractor

Don’t wait to waterproof your property! Proper waterproofing measures are needed to protect your building against the risks of water damage and to prevent potential hazards from wreaking havoc on your property value. In order to maintain a healthy environment for occupants, increase the longevity of your building, and save money in the long run, waterproofing is a necessary step for homeowners to make.

Don’t wait to act if you have concerns over the security of your building’s waterproofing. Act today to guarantee the lasting structural success of your dwelling!

Our contracting experts at California Foundation Works are more than happy to answer any questions you might have about the waterproofing process.

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Different Types of Drainage Systems

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Have you noticed drainage system failures in your yard? From soggy areas to destroyed vegetation and water intrusion, the effects of a problematic drainage system can really bring down your property value and shorten the life of your landscape. Fortunately, there are a variety of drainage system solutions that Yard Drainage Los Angeles can customize to meet your unique needs. While a trained contractor can come in and evaluate your yard to determine the best solution for your problem, it’s always beneficial to know your options. Allow us to break down the different types of drainage systems, as well as their advantages and unique characteristics to help you determine which solution is best for your yard.

Spot Solutions

If you are only noticing small issues with water accumulation, then spot solutions might be all your yard needs to clear out a little bit of excess water buildup and prevent future occurrences. Spot solutions provide simple remedies that allow you to directly address the problem at its source. For example, a single source of water accumulation might be the result of a poorly directed gutter downspout, which can easily be corrected. Simple Catch Basin or Drain Boxes can also be installed to guide water away from the house and into a local sewer line. 

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Allow one of our experts to examine your water buildup to determine the extent of the damage, and then we can work on installing one of these simple and effective solutions.

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French Drains

French drains are recognized as one of the most popular drainage solutions. They are intended to help more extensive drainage issues for yards that are in need of directing the flow of water away from the house. French drains are ideal for hillside homes and homes built on sloped properties. French drains make for an aesthetically pleasing drainage solution since they consist of a perforated pipe that is buried in a trench underground and then surrounded by porous gravel that will allow the water to drain through it and into the French drain. French drains are adept at moving water away from the home over large distances without having any pipes sticking out and disrupting the appeal of your yard. Another very similar solution is the curtain drain, which is essentially a French drain variation that is dug slightly more shallow. Both of these drainage solutions are more effective for yards that are elevated since gravity will aid in moving the water away from the home.

Related: What is a French Drain?

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Surface Drains

Extensive drainage problems may call for more extensive solutions. If you are experiencing a severe drainage problem in your yard, then a surface drain might be the best option for you. Surface drains are noted for their large flow rate, which allows them to remove large amounts of water in a small amount of time. They are also favored for their low clog tendency, which makes them hard working and low maintenance solution. The surface drain involves a catch basin that is essentially a box placed in the ground near problematic areas. Water is able to easily flow through the grate in the box’s top, while debris settles at the bottom to prevent clogs. 

The water will flow out of an outlet trap thanks to an underground pipe system that will carry it away from the home and to a local sewage plant or another appropriate area. You can also install drain boxes or catch basins around the foundation exterior to waterproof the property perimeters and pull water away from the home. These options involve digging trenches and filling them with gravel for a smooth draining.

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Trench Drains

This drainage system is often included as a part of a backyard drainage design. Trench drains are simply comprised, consisting of a simple trench design. The trench will have a grate to cover it in order to prevent the drain from becoming clogged by objects. Trench drains are noted for being used on paved surface in order to redirect water away from the house and areas where runoff might be currently conglomerating. Trench drains are often used in pools, patios, and even driveways. They are favored for coming in a variety of sizes and widths that make them easy to incorporate with landscaping or structural designs. A newer form of the trench drain, known as the slot drain, is ideal for backyard drainage designs due to its durable drainage channel. Unlike traditional trench drains, slot drains do not require grate coverings. They also are slimmer in design without sacrificing any of the efficiency of trench drains.

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Sump Pump

This drainage solution is commonly installed in a basin underneath a crawl space. Sump pumps are designed to pump water away from the home. This prevents water from pooling and causing possible foundation damage. Sump pumps are beneficial for houses with basements or for houses that are built on a lower lot than the street level, as one of their key functions is to prevent the basement from flooding. Sump pumps can also be used to keep the area under the home dry and prevent flooding of the foundation.

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Additional Solutions

While the aforementioned drainage solutions represent the more popular options on the market, at Yard Drainage Los Angeles we are able to install any kind of drainage solution that meets your needs. Our solutions also include options such as rounded grates, pop-up emitters, atrium grates, flo-wells, and channel drains. Our team of drainage experts are here to examine your property and offer a custom solution that will fit all of your drainage desires. It’s our mission to protect your property value and preserve the lasting durability of your home, and we’re happy to guarantee that our superior services will leave your yard thriving for years to come.

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Why You Should Install a Drainage System in the Spring/Summer

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Drainage systems are necessary components of healthy homes. Improperly installed drainage systems can ruin landscaping and lead to water intrusion in your home, which may cause mold. In turn, this can cause costly and extensive repairs for the homeowner. However, not just any season is ideal for installing a drainage system.

Once the rainfall of the wet season has passed, it’s in the homeowner’s best interest to install a drainage system or make repairs to an existing system. The spring and summer months create the ideal time for drainage system work to be done for a number of reasons.

The Warm Weather Advantage

Take advantage of the warm and dry months to make drainage system installations or changes. Spring and summer provide fewer inconveniences than winter, which sees more rainfall and precipitation.

Though some might find it makes sense to install a drainage system during the wet months, when such a system is most needed, the installation process is actually made much more complicated if done during the wet season. 

Spring, and especially summer, provide little to no inconveniences when it comes to construction issues such as work halt due to rain or moisture saturated soil.

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Summer and spring provide for drier soil that contractors find far easier to work with in order to guarantee the lasting success of the drainage system and speed up the time needed to install it.

Preventative Action against Flooding

One of the main reasons why the dry season is an ideal time for drainage installation is because it greatly reduces the likelihood of flooding. Any homeowner who has experienced flooding is well aware of the destruction it causes, and homeowners who are not familiar with such havoc should do everything in their power to prevent it from happening.

The dry soil of the summer makes for the ideal time for drainage system installation, though some homeowners might make the mistake of believing they don’t need a drainage system during the warm months.

However, sprinklers and yard irrigation systems can cause a severe amount of property damage, making a drainage system a necessity even when rainfall is not at its height. Not only can flooding damage a property’s curb appeal but over saturation of water can harm and even kill flowers and surrounding greenery. Prevent avoidable yard flooding by installing a drainage system at the most convenient time of the year before problems have the chance to exacerbate.

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Ideal Temperature for Installation

There are other advantages to installing a drainage system during the warm, dry season.

Warm days and cool nights create the ideal opportunity for a contractor to inspect your property and most actually determine which areas require repair since this particular climate will allow water to be brought up through cracks as the sun warms the earth.

That way contractors can get the most accurate understanding of existing drainage failures in order to provide the best repair work based on the yard’s unique situation.

In contrast, cool temperatures can create issues for drainage installation since water trapped under the surface can freeze and not establish a proper drain flow during the installation. A frozen subgrade runs the risk of giving a false impression of drainage failures and needs. Additionally, surface repairs should be made during warmer weather.

Installing a drainage system in warm weather allows for permanent surface repairs to be completed at the same time so that your repair works can be completed in one convenient project.

Permanently Resolve Drainage Problems

Nobody wants a soggy yard filled with mud, dying plants, and water intrusion. End your drainage system failures once and for all by installing a system during the time of year when the ground is easiest to work with and existing problems are most apparent. The good news is that most drainage system failures can be resolved, since having a wet yard is, unfortunately, a common problem for homeowners. Repair your drainage system today or plan for new system installation in order to prevent problems from getting worse and causing harm to your property.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Convert Your Garage Now

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What Is Garage Conversion?

You might not realize it, but you could be sitting on some untapped space. Many Southern California homeowners have a hidden jackpot lodged on their property in the form of a garage. Rather than use this space to store your vehicle (or more likely a lot of junk), consider the enormous opportunities that garage conversions provide. There are a number of reasons to make getting a garage conversion your next lucrative venture, whether it’s for profit, pleasure, or a perfect blend of both.

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1. Elevated Property Value

Let’s be realistic, adding value to our properties is something that all homeowners want. No matter the steal you got on your home, it’s always in the homeowner’s best interest to see their property value skyrocket. Converting your garage into a useable space is an ideal way to give your property value a healthy boost. Garage conversions can be financially lucrative in a number of ways.

Garage conversions will provide extra livable property space that will lead to a significant rise in property value, and they will also open the door for additional income streaming if you choose to rent out the space. Buyers will view the extra space as a huge bonus if you’re looking to sell, with the added value easily covering the conversion cost. For those who aren’t looking to sell their home, there are numerous ways a converted garage can pay for itself.

2. Additional Income Source

Garage conversion services open homeowners up to the opportunity to stream additional income. The demand for rentable space in other people’s home is huge these days, especially if you’re living in an area as popular to tourists and business folk as Southern California. Hotels have become a thing of the past, replaced by room and home renting services such as Airbnb, HomeToGo, and FlipKey. It’s easy, convenient, and financially lucrative to have a space to rent out to travelers.

Being able to rent out your garage, as opposed to an extra room in the house, has an added bonus for homeowners because you don’t have to deal with having strangers in your house. Converted garages provide detached spaces to draw profits. Rent out the converted space just to pay off the project, or continue to rent after you break even to pull in an extra monthly income. The best part is the choice is entirely yours, and you can decide at any time to make the space public or private!

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3. Extra Space to Enjoy

Where do you retreat to in times of stress? Imagine having your own private room to disappear to when the main house feels too chaotic. We all love our spouses, children, and friends, but sometimes a little bit of personal space is gladly welcome. Converting your garage into livable space will provide the extra square feet to use however you please.

The extra area could be used as a personal den or an added guest bedroom for housing friends and family. Maybe you have a friend who is down on their luck and needs a place to crash for a few weeks or you have an elderly relative who you want to keep close to home without entirely disrupting your privacy. 

An extra bedroom is the perfect solution for keeping your options open. At the end of the day, converting your garage is the most affordable way to meet the growing demand for extra space.

4. Ability to Work Remote

Garage conversions can transform more than just your property value. They can create a peaceful oasis ideal for working from home. Living spaces can easily become overcrowded, especially with the addition of new tiny faces. Transform the way you live by building yourself an office sanctuary so you can work from home without the distractions. Enjoy all the comforts of having the main house within your reach while still having an area to focus in that is entirely your own.

Garage conversions are the most practical option for building some much needed extra living space. Even if you have the time and money for adding an additional room to your house, you’d still have to go through the process of securing permits and permission from both your Homeowner’s Association and your town. Rather than face rejection or have to cope with eating up valuable yard space by expanding your house, consider the enormous advantage of turning your garage into a self-contained living space that can boost your career.

5. Have Your Dream Room

When it comes to garage conversions, the opportunities are endless. Feel free to be as creative as you please with the new space. Transform your musky garage into your dream studio. Make it the ultimate game room that will be the envy of both your friends and your children’s friends. Or perhaps you are interested in creating the ideal family room to house unforgettable memories with loved ones. The decision is entirely up to you!

The great news is it’s not difficult for professional contractors to install utilities, such as those needed for kitchens and bathrooms, in your converted garage. Having your own fully functioning space is an entirely realistic dream. Unlike building an addition or dealing with an extensive home renovation project, garage conversions are not time-consuming. That means that your dream space is entirely within your reach.

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Are you ready to untap your property’s potential and convert your garage? Contact us at California Foundation Works today to begin your garage conversion journey. Our expert team of contractors will work with your every step of the way to deliver an ideal living space that matches your unique vision.

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5 Reasons Why Foundation Erodes

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Poor Drainage

The most common type of foundation damage is caused by water over-saturation of the soils surrounding the foundation. The expansive soils increase in volume as they come into contact with more water so they exert pressure on the foundation and create cracks which in turn allow water seepage into the foundation. Expansive soils are also known as clay soils and are usually found in coastal areas, that’s why most of Los Angeles is covered in clay soils. Foundation settling or sinking is when the soil under the foundation compacts and ends up forming spaces below the foundation which causing it to sink. If the water causes the soil under the foundation to swell, that will raise the foundation a little and then cause foundation settling when it dries up as it shrinks.

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Weather

The weather has a big effect on the house foundation. One important aspect is humidity; it has a tendency to adversely affect foundation, which can cause it to weaken and deteriorate. Over time, this lowers the resistance of the concrete and lessens its stability. Early warning signs of foundation damage include foundation cracks, white powder, basement humidity, brittle joints in concrete foundation blocks, concrete falling off, exterior cracks, and bubbles in the foundation. Be sure to regularly inspect your foundation in order to pick up on warning signs. Addressing the issue early will prevent costly repairs in the future.

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Soil

The most common type of foundation damage by storms is caused by water over-saturation of the soils surrounding the foundation. The expansive soils increase in volume as they come into contact with more water so they exert pressure on the foundation and create cracks which in turn allow water seepage into the foundation. Expansive soils are also known as clay soils and are usually found in coastal areas, that’s why most of Los Angeles is covered in clay soils. Foundation settling or sinking is when the soil under the foundation compacts and ends up forming spaces below the foundation which cause it to sink. If the storms flood and cause the soil under the foundation to swell, that will raise the foundation a little and then cause foundation settling when it dries up.

Poor Pre-Construction Compaction of the Foundation Site

A house foundation depends on the uppermost soil layers. These layers are stabilizing the whole foundation and provide the supports for the structure. If the soil is not one that can bear the weight or wasn’t properly compacted during grading phase of the job site, the foundation is prone to settlement as the soil that supports it consolidates.

Another concern is the various soil conditions. The house may settle differentially because of different conditions in different soils that support the house foundation. In this case, the foundation system should be designed specifically for the various soil condition in the foundation site.

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Time

Time is a huge factor, all the reasons mentioned above are amplified as the time factor is taking into account. As mentioned before, the foundation process to newly built homes has evolved with time and nowadays the method of this process results in a stronger foundation that can endure for longer. The combination of all the reasons above shortens the lifespan of the house foundation and speed up the deterioration process.

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Yard Drainage Installation for California Homeowners

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Yard Drainage Basics

In order to ensure for the structural integrity of your home, you must have a proper drainage system. A drainage system needs to be installed because of it essential that water does not pool near the home’s foundation. This can threaten the foundation of the home and jeopardize the structural integrity of the dwelling.

Without a proper drainage system, water can seep into the house and flood basements. This can cause mold in the walls of the home or large cracks, which will lead to costly and consuming repairs, as well as other expensive and invasive damage. Ensure that your home is waterproofed to protect it from invasive weather.

However, be sure to get permission from your city before you consider redirecting your drain pipes to the city sewer. This is where professional contractors can really assist with your yard drainage project.

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Installation Options

Fortunately, there are a number of drainage solutions for homes experiencing issues with the direction of their excess water flow. Be aware that seeking a professional opinion is the best way to determine what solution will best fit your situation.

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French Drains

French drains are a common solution to drainage issues since they are easily covered and thus considered non-disruptive to the landscape. In simple terms, a french drain consists of a trench that is filled with gravel. Perforated pipes with holes in them run along the trench and are placed in the middle of the gravel, making them seldom noticeable since the drain is usually covered by soil or shrubbery. In order to ensure that your french drains do not have to be dug up and reconstructed in the future, make sure that they are properly constructed the first time. To drain effectively, the water in the soil passes through the overlaying gravel and drains into the pipe before being rerouted.

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Downspout Rerouting

Water might be pooling near your home’s foundation if your rain downspouts are too close to your house’s perimeter. Consistent pooling of water near the foundation could cause serious foundation damage over time. One of the largest issues water in the foundation can cause is concrete cracking, which could lead to foundation repairs or in serious cases replacement. To have your downspouts structured for maximum home protection, ensure that they dump water at a minimum of three feet away from the house’s foundation.

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Grading Implementation

A simple solution for drainage issues is to grade your yard’s soil so that it slopes downhill and away from the foundation. The slope should be a minimum of six inches to over ten feet steep. It is crucial to angle the slope the right way to ensure that the water will flow away at a proper pace and in the right direction.

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Other Options

Catch basins, dry wells, and sump pumps are all options for yard drainage installation. Catch basins are a good alternative to French Drains for houses with high clay content soils. Catch basins are able to collect water and redirect it through piping to storm sewers. For houses that are not near storm sewers, dry wells can be used to collect rainwater. Dry wells allow runoff water to be store so that it gradually enters the subsoil. Ensure that they are dug at a proper level to make sure that the water is both caught and capable of seeping into the subsoil. Lastly, sump pumps are saviors for extreme yard flooding. They are often installed if a home is not equipped with a natural slope for drainage.

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Foundation Inspection In Preparation For Rain

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Keep Your Property Well-Drained

Winter or right before the beginning of winter is the best time to get a foundation inspection for your house. The house foundation is one of the most expensive parts of a house to fix once it is damaged. A damaged house foundation can also significantly reduce the value of a house. Regular inspection and maintenance can prevent the headaches of having to deal with a damaged foundation. A foundation contractor will look for obvious signs of foundation problems or those that might lead to foundation problems such as :

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Doors and Windows

One of the first signs of a compromised foundation is cracks and gaps around doors or windows. Doors and windows are essential cuts which are created through a wall weakening the walls. Any foundation movement below the walls will likely cause cracks. The most common signs around windows and doors which are indicative of foundation damage include cracks which extend from the corners of doors and windows and gaps between walls and frames of windows and doors. Misaligned doors and windows are also a sign of foundation problems.

Related: Prepare For Winter By Getting A Foundation Inspection

Exterior Of The House

The foundation inspector will also take a look at the exterior of the house to determine if it has any signs of foundation damage. The classic exterior sign of any foundation problems are the stair step cracks. Vertical signs which seem to widen as time goes by also means that your foundation is having problems. Cracks on the exterior walls of your foundation also indicate foundation problems.

Related: Prepare Your Gutters For Winter

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Interior Of the House

The floors in the interior of your house can also be used to tell if your foundation is damaged. Sagging and bowing floors which cause gaps between the floor might mean foundation damage. Unleveled floors, can mean that one side of the house is sinking. Cracks on the interior walls and ceiling are an indication of foundation problems.

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