Drainage Systems

How To Maintain Foundation Moisture Level In Summer

Summer is fast approaching and Los Angeles Homeowners and commercial building owners are beginning to prepare their properties for the moisture deficiency in the soil around their property foundations caused by the summer heat. Maintaining foundation moisture level in summer is very important because lack of it or too much of it can cause foundation damage. As a concerned property owner, you can take some measures to prevent damages which stem from the loss or accumulation of moisture in summer.  Drainage Systems

Foundation Watering

As it has already been mentioned, maintaining foundation moisture level in summer is very important hence the need to add more moisture to the soil around your foundation during the summer heat. The soil around the foundation will begin to dry up because of the heat therefore it will shrink, which in turn damages the foundation. To counter moisture loss, you can regularly water your lawn and the soils near your foundation by using soaker hoses or drip irrigation systems. You shouldn’t over water the soils around your foundation because too much water might actually penetrate your foundation and cause damage but instead you should water to prevent the soils around your foundation from drying up.

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Vegetation Species

The type of trees or plants that you have on your yard will affect how severely the summer heat will affect the moisture level content around your foundation. Certain types of trees or plants require more water than others hence they tend to suck up more water from the ground during summer. These types of trees or plants will speed up the loss of moisture in the soil around your foundation, so you need to only plant drought resistant plants or trees near your foundation in order to maintain the foundation moisture level in summer.

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Proper Drainage

Having proper drainage is vital in maintaining foundation moisture level in summer. Watering your foundation during summer will be ineffective if the drainage system is not functioning as it should because the water will end up pooling around your foundation therefore causing the soil to expand or by directly penetrating the foundation walls.

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Contact a foundation contractor to help you protect your foundation against any moisture problems. Call California Foundation Works on 323-418-2239 to schedule a free foundation inspection and estimate.

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How to Solve the Foundation Moisture Problems During Winter

As winter approaches, so do foundation moisture problems. Depending on the type of foundation you have, you should be on the lookout for different signs of foundation moisture problems.

Unlike slab foundations, pier and beam foundations tend to have more exposed wood joists therefore experiencing frequent moisture related problems in winter.


Signs and Solutions of Foundation Moisture Problems

Bad Odors

Musty smells in the house and crawl space are a definite sign of moisture problems in your foundation during winter. Even little water will aid in the growth of mold which tends to produce a musty smelling gaseous byproduct. The solution to this problem is to keep the humidity low by waterproofing your foundation, installing a drainage system or a crawlspace vapor barrier.

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Dry Rot

Dry rot is a wood decaying fungus that thrives in the presence of moisture. As the dry rot thrives, the wood joist get rotten and weakens after which they break and bring down whatever they are holding. Keeping the humidity low in the in the crawlspace will help prevent dry rot from damaging the wooden joists and also treating of wood joists will aid in the prevention of  dry rot.

Mold or Mildew in Crawlspace

Poorly ventilated foundations will enable the seepage of water into the crawlspace or basement during winter. As the water settles, moisture increases and encourages the growth of mold and mildew in your crawlspace or basement which can not only damage your crawlspace but is very harmful to your health. The solution to mold and mildew is keeping water away from the foundation by installing a drainage system, or waterproofing the crawlspace and foundation.

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When there’s too much moisture in the crawlspace or basement, it accumulates on surfaces into water droplets through a process called condensation. Condensation in your basement or crawlspace is a sign of extreme moisture and should be quickly resolved to prevent bad odors, mold or dry rot from accumulating.

Water in Crawlspace or Basement

Standing water in your basement or crawlspace is a sign of bad drainage or faulty foundation. Standing water will aid in the breeding of insects, thriving of mold and they rot. Installing a proper drainage system and waterproofing your foundation and crawlspace area will prevent any water from settling in your foundation.

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Contact a Professional

If you have any questions or concerns regarding foundation moisture problems, contact a professional foundation contractor. For a free* foundation inspection and estimate, call California Foundation Works on 323-418-2239.