As we welcome the winter rainfall, it’s important for homeowners to understand that 90% of all foundation problems involve water.
Whether it’s expansive soils, poor drainage systems or just bad plumbing, water definitely plays a big role. Most foundations start getting damaged or begin showing signs of damage during the winter because of the excess amounts of water produced by rain during winter. There are certain specific signs that you can look for during winter to spot a foundation problem.
You have a foundation problem waiting to happen if you notice ponding water near your house after rainfall. Pooling water means that the rainwater is not draining as it should. Pooling water can cause foundation damage by seeping down into the foundation because it can’t drain anywhere else and If the the water pooling has been going on for a long time, chances are your foundation is already damaged. There are several ways of solving this problem and some of the techniques include the use of french drains, loosening compacted soil and proper landscaping practices.
Clogged Gutters and Downspouts
Gutters and downspouts are components of a system used to prevent rainwater damage or foundation problems. Gutters are installed around the roof to direct large amounts of water away from the basement or foundation walls. Downspouts connect to the gutters and direct the water down to underground pipes, driveways or sidewalks. If gutters or downspouts are damaged or clogged, large amounts of rainwater will flow off of the roof directly to the walls of the foundation. To prevent such scenarios, gutters and downspouts have to be regularly maintained and cleaned to prevent any interruption of the flow of rainwater.
Flooding basement or crawlspace
A flooded basement or crawlspace is an indication of something very serious. Basement or crawlspace flooding during winter can mean a leaking roof, cracked foundation wall or a plumbing problem, all of which are very bad. To prevent crawlspace or basement flooding, you can take measures such as waterproofing your foundation or crawlspace area, making sure your gutters and downspouts are not damaged or clogged.
Mold in the basement or crawlspace
The presence of mold in your basement or crawlspace should be alarming because mold requires a considerable amount of moisture to grow. In addition to mold being dangerous to your health, you should be very worried about it’s presence because it indicates that large amounts of moisture is present in your basement or crawlspace which might lead to foundation problems. To prevent this, you can waterproof your basement or crawlspace and should also have an effective drainage system.
Hire a foundation contractor
In preparation for winter, you need to hire a professional to inspect your foundation and to offer drainage solutions that will best suite your needs. Contact California Foundation Works on 323-418-2239 to receive your free* foundation inspection and estimate.