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Is Your Foundation Cracking? You May Have A Drainage Problem

Do you have a cracked foundation? With solutions such as carbon fiber, repairing cracked foundations is easier and more affordable for homeowners. Carbon fiber will help to reinforce your foundation and stop the movement. This solution does not require maintenance and will last for years.

However, this doesn’t mean that you should ignore the root cause of the foundation movement. Often times, repairing cracked foundations also involves dealing with drainage issues that are causing the destabilization of the foundation. The following are signs that you also need to deal with foundation drainage in addition to stabilizing the foundation walls.

Your gutters are overflowing

Take some time to examine how your gutters collect and drain runoff on a rainy day. If you see a lot of water gushing over the edge of the gutters, your gutters could be the source of your foundation problems.

Gutters are meant to collect runoff and ensure it drains far away from your foundation. If there is debris such as dead leaves or twigs that has blocked your gutters and downspouts, water will overflow and be deposited at the foundation. This can also happen if the pitch of your gutters is incorrect or too small.

Water is being deposited at your foundation
Where does your downspout deposit runoff collected by your gutters? If the downspout is draining water too close to your foundation, the soil around your foundation will become saturated with water. This in turn will result in destabilization of your foundation. It is important to ensure that the downspouts drain at least 6 feet away from the foundation. This will ensure the safety of your foundation when the snow melts or during seasons of heavy rainfall.
Water seepage problems in your basement
While foundation cracks can be a result of various other factors, they are often a sign of a drainage problem. Foundation cracks accompanied by other signs of water seepage such as mold or mildew, flaking of the foundation walls or the formation of a white powdery substance on the surface of the foundation walls often indicates a drainage problem. If you’ve noticed any of the above, it is important to get in touch with a foundation repair contractor as soon as possible. Applying drainage solutions is more affordable than the cost of repairing the extensive damage that drainage problems can cause your foundation.

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