An unstable foundation can lead to many problems. Knowing the signs of foundation problems is the first step to keeping your home healthy. However, if you know the signs and feel the problem can be fixed at a later date, you may just be ignoring the tip of the iceberg and your home’s health could be at risk for sinking faster than the titanic. Here are 4 dangers of neglecting your home’s foundation.
One of the biggest dangers of neglecting a building’s foundation is structural damage. A sinking foundation can lead to massive damage to a home. This process is usually gradual and can culminate in major damages occurring over the years. When a foundation has become weakened, it produces a chain of events that can lead to catastrophic and expensive damages. Different types of foundations can experience damage greater than others. Signs of a sinking foundation aren’t always found in the basement. There can be cracks in the walls by the ceiling on the main floor, windows or doors that become difficult or impossible to open, or even separated floors from the walls. If you see these warning signs, the structural integrity of your home is at risk.
Heavy rains and improper drainage can also lead to problems with a foundation. As changes occur in the weather, the soil underneath the home expands and contracts, often leading to a shifting or settling foundation. When water continuously pools around a foundation, this can lead to heaving which pushes the foundation up, or capillary action in which water seeps into the home on the lowest level.
It is not uncommon for a building to settle slightly when it is first built. But as soil changes and shifts, cracks increase, and other types of damage begin to occur to the foundation which may cause water damage. Any wooden structures in the building become vulnerable to intruding water. The longer the foundation is left unstable, the greater the damages.
Many homeowners experience a range of plumbing problems when foundation issues erupt. Shifting foundations and yard soils can crack and separate plumbing and sewer lines. This may cause not only thousands of dollars in plumbing repairs, but also leaves the foundation of your home susceptible to even more water damage.
Mold and Mildew
Another major danger of a compromised foundation is mold and mildew growth. The moist, humid environment of soil below your home’s foundation makes it the perfect setting for mold growth. In addition, if your home has cracks and/or water damage, the moisture that seeps into the gaps will breed mold. As the mold grows in your damp foundation, spores will spread throughout your home including behind the drywall, under floors, and in wet rooms. The best way to combat the mildew takeover is to stop it before it starts. According to the CDC, mold exposure can cause serious health complications. Prompt foundation repairs can lead to a lessened risk of mold growth and the prevention of serious health concerns.
The foundation of a building is vital for its solidity. Foundation settlement and sinking are something homeowners should be concerned about. When building foundation issues are ignored, pronounced damages can begin to occur that become expensive to repair. Monitoring the stability of a building’s foundation is essential for its protection.
Regular inspections of a building’s foundation will allow minor problems to be repaired before they become major issues, also reducing the cost to repair. The prompt intervention will protect the solidity of the foundation and secure the building’s structural stability. If you notice any of the signs mentioned above, prompt repairs must be carried out. Foundation issues will not get better or cheaper with time. Schedule a FREE estimate appointment with Peak Structural today!