The foundation of your house is literally the foundation. It’s what everything else rests upon. A foundation can last for a very long time, however there are several instances that could potentially lead to a foundation leak. It’s important to know what may cause a foundation leak so you can be aware and prevent it from occurring in the first place.
Poor initial installation: One of the reasons that you may see a foundation leak is because when the foundation was first engineered and poured, it was not done correctly. If for some reason the people pouring a foundation didn’t make certain the ground was compacted, then once the house is built, the soil underneath the house will begin to settle over time, becoming uneven and leading to foundation cracking and leaking. When building a house, make sure to hire out a professional who knows what they are doing and can pour your foundation correctly.
Improper landscape draining and tree roots: Let’s talk about your yard. The yard is almost at the very top of my list of favorite places to be at home. I love going out on the grass, enjoying the sun and the fresh air. However, if I am being honest, yard work has never been my favorite. It doesn’t have to be, but it is something to consider. When it rains, your landscape will send the water in one direction or another. Ideally, the water will run away from your house. This isn’t going to happen if your yard is sloped toward your house. When water accumulates at the base of your house, it will seep into the ground and make the soil really dense. This puts a lot of pressure on the foundation of your home and can cause a leak. To prevent this from happening, make sure your landscape slopes away from your house.
Another aspect of the yard to be aware of are the trees. If you have trees in your yard or really anywhere near your house, you should be aware of their growth. This isn’t just the growth above the ground but underneath it too. The tree roots can wander underneath the ground and press up against your foundation, eventually causing leaks.
Piping Leaks: Water pipes go all throughout your house and even down into your foundation. If a pipe begins to leak, it could flow into your foundation and lead to a foundation leak. This is really hard to catch at times however keep an eye on your water bill. If it for some reason skyrockets don’t just assume it was a mistake made in billing. You might want to check to see if there is a leak somewhere.
If you notice a foundation leak or suspect one, get a professional company that can come in to detect it. Don’t wait. Further damage could arise if so. Professional companies have advanced technology to help detect the exact location of the leak so you can get it fixed up straight away!