Are you concerned about house foundation cracks? You should be. Many times, these cracks are a sign of a hidden problem. Repairing the cracks with epoxy crack injections or other similar crack repair methods will only provide temporary relief. The underlying problem will continue to get worse and your cracks will reopen or grow. You may even find that more house foundation cracks appear on your foundation walls.
It is important to find the root cause of the house foundation cracks. Many times, cracks in the foundation are a result of increased pressure acting against the foundation. This can occur when the soil around the foundation absorbs an excess volume of water. This increases the hydrostatic pressure acting against the foundation resulting in the foundation walls bowing inward and forming cracks.
Find Hidden Leaks and Fix Them
There are times when sources of water causing an increase in hydrostatic pressure on foundation walls are obvious. Some great examples of these are poor grading of your landscape or downspouts that are depositing water at the foundation. However, there are instances when the cause of the damage to the foundation isn’t so obvious. The water leaks are hidden. Below, we discuss some tips to help you identify a water leak.
Has your water bill increased for no apparent reason? This is one of the first signs that you may have a hidden water leak. If there has been no change to water usage in your home and your bills have risen significantly, you could have a leak that you need to investigate and attend to.
A great way to confirm whether there is a hidden water leak on your property is by checking the water meter. Turn off all taps in the house and ensure that all appliances that use water are not operating. Check the water meter for any activity and take the reading on your meter. Avoid using water in your home for an hour or two. Check the water meter again. Has there been any change in the reading? Any change will suggest a leak in your plumbing system.
Pools of water are an obvious sign of a leak. However, there may be instances where water leaks but does not form a pool. You may, however, notice water stains. Search for water stains on ceilings, floors, and even near walls.
A musty odor is often an indication of the presence of mold. Mold thrives in damp environments. There is therefore a good chance that there is a leak in the area where the musty smell is coming from. It is worth investigating this area further.
If you have noticed any of the above signs accompanied by house foundation cracks, you would do well to contact a foundation repair contractor to have your property inspected. Get in touch with us for a free home inspection. We will help you get to the bottom of the problem.
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Whether you need an interior drain tile system installation, wall straightening with anchors or stabilization, encapsulation, or epoxy injection we do it all at Basement Cracks & Leaks, Metro Inc. We specialize in both interior and exterior waterproofing systems & foundation repair.
Our team will come to your home & evaluate your specific problem with over 30 years of industry experience behind them. Using that knowledge & expertise they will design and draft a custom repair plan to meet your home or businesses specific needs. Before we begin your project, we will review your plan with you and make sure you completely understand the repair process. From start to finish we will work with you every step of the way.