Basement foundation failure is something that plagues thousands of homeowners each year. Basement foundation failure is a serious issue and must be addressed as such by acting in a quick manner and contacting an expert as soon as possible to evaluate the situation.
Causes of Basement Foundation Failure
- Evaporation: Overly dry climates and drying environmental pressures such as wind can cause all moisture to evaporate from the foundation, resulting in cracks and eventual foundation problems.
- Transpiration: If there are trees surrounding your home, it is possible that these plants may desiccate the soil beneath your home and cause foundation problems.
- Plumbing Leaks: One of the most common causes of foundation failure is plumbing leaks that go unnoticed until foundation problems are discovered.
- Drainage: Improper drainage also leads to foundation problems when drainage systems are not installed properly and drain water towards the foundation and closely surrounding areas of the home. The excess moisture causes problems with the soil and the foundation walls.
- Inferior Foundation Construction: Insufficient construction of the original foundation often leads to foundation failure over time.
- Inferior Ground Preparation: This the leading cause of foundation failure. When the foundation is built on soft soil, the likelihood of foundation failure over time rises significantly. This problem can be eliminated by preparing the soil accordingly via certain digging techniques.
Common Symptoms of Basement Foundation Failure
- Bowing Walls: This phenomenon is where your basement walls begin to lean inwards or outwards and is readily observable.
- Identifiable Cracks: If there are visible cracks in your basement walls, this should raise concern that foundation failure may be imminent. Crack severity based on depth, length, and jaggedness may indicate how imminent complete basement foundation failure is. However, an expert is needed to determine the true severity of basement foundation cracks.
- Water Intrusion: If you see water leakage into your basement or are observing wet walls and floors, this may be cause for alarm. Also, if there appears to be damp areas around your basement, this is less severe this could alert you to moisture damage which may be less severe, but still warrants immediate attention.
If you suspect that your home may be in danger of imminent foundation failure, contact Intech Anchoring at 734-432-5111 to get your free estimate and locate a Intech Anchoring expert near you.
There are two types of residential drainage systems, surface and subsurface drainage systems. Residential drainage systems provide a way to divert water away from your home to prevent flooding and potential foundation problems caused by water seepage.
Surface Drainage Solutions
Surface drainage solutions allow you to divert water away from your home by changing the landscape or above-ground yard structure. The following are several different surface drainage solutions:
- Diversion Ditches: Ditches can be forged around your property to divert water away from your home and into a trench.
- Open Channels: Open channels connect to your drain pipes or sewer to ensure that water is removed from the area.
- Grassed Waterways: Grassed waterways consist of downhill, grassy channels that naturally drain water and deter soil erosion on your property.
- Sloped Banks: Another surface drainage solution involves creating sloped banks on your property that flow away from your home, taking water with them.
Subsurface Drainage Solutions
Subsurface drainage solutions work underground or beneath the surface to remove water from areas with an excess of water saturated soil. These solutions do not require a change in yard or landscape appearance. The two subsurface drainage solutions provided by Intech Anchoring are as follows:
- French Drain Systems: French Drain Systems involve installing a sloped trench on your property for water to run into. The trench contains gravel and leads to a pipe, which empties the water away from your home. This drain may lead to a drainage ditch, the street, a dry well, or a lower part of your property.
- Hydraway Drainage System: The Hydraway Drainage System is a subsurface drainage solution that is superior to traditional French drain systems because along with being more economical, it has a 70% higher water capacity, allowing water to flow away from your home at a much faster rate.
If you are in need of a residential drainage system solution, contact Intech Anchoring at 734-432-5111 to speak with an expert and schedule a consultation.
A suggested first step is to determine the origin and location of the leak. Visible cracks or imperfections are good to note. Determining the source can help in diagnosing the cause of your basement flooding. Once a cause is determined, remediation and prevention can follow.
Taking inventory of what has been damaged is an important step for homeowners. Often, possessions suffer enough to require replacement or repair. This can be costly for homeowners, especially those who rely on their basements for storage. In the worst cases, heirlooms, photos, and other irreplaceable items are susceptible to water damage, and the consequence of losing such items is immeasurable.
Once exterior conditions have dried up, cleaning a flooded basement can require hours of labor and sometimes even a paid waste management solution. This can become costly and exhausting for the homeowners. Mold and other atmospheric dangers can become of further concern in the case of a leaking basement, which can skyrocket maintenance costs and cause discomfort or illness to residents.
Many homeowners are left to wonder when their basement will leak or flood again. The only way to eliminate this concern is to learn how to prevent further damage. The first step in prevention is to determine the cause of the leak.
Causes of Basement Water Leaks
Foundation Cracks: Imperfections in the structural integrity of your home can invite ground-water from run-off, excessive rain, snowmelt, and local overflow into your home.
Drainage Dysfunction: Saturated soil in your yard leaves water with nowhere to go. Water immobility can cause your basement walls to bow, crack, or buckle. Basements completely below-ground are especially susceptible to such damage.
Hydrostatic pressure: Standing water essentially puts increased weight on your home’s foundation, which renders it more susceptible to future leaks and problems.
Gutter Directivity: Some gutters direct rainwater too close to the foundation of the home, which will leave you with flooding and perpetuate your water problem.
Solutions to Basement Water Leaks
Controlling and properly managing water leaks in the basement is essential to protecting the structural integrity of your home. Consider the following solutions:
• Combat soil saturation and move water away from your home with professional landscaping solutions. This option may be costly for some homeowners and require permits and allowances from city zoning officials.
• Install a sump pump to force the motion of water away from your home. Sump pumps are a viable solution but require backup in case of a power outage.
• For best results, implement a Hydraway drainage system. Hydraway offers proven durability to keep your basement dry and damage-free. It’s 7 to 25 times more effective than its competitors with an 80 percent inflow, and it can withstand 11,000 pounds per square foot!
Intech Anchoring can direct you in choosing products and services to fit your unique circumstances. Visit us at mdti.net or call 734-432-5111 today to schedule a consultation.
• Existing excess moisture: Musty smells, peeling paint, rust, dampness, mildew, and mold are all signs that too much moisture is accumulating in your basement.• Livability: If you would like to extend your home’s living space to your basement, it is important to seal the space first.
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