What is Foundation Water Damage & How to Protect Against it
Your property’s foundation is arguably the most important part of its entire structure. It’s what it sits on and gives it sturdiness and stability and keeps it from slowly sinking into the soft earth below. If you asked most people what they’re doing to protect their homes’ foundation, unfortunately, most of them would probably say they were doing nothing. The secret for the longevity of a home's foundation is keeping water as far away from it as possible. Storm damage at the foundation level can lead to cracks and shifts in the foundation, which ultimately weakens it and can compromise the structural safety of your home or business.
Here are some tips to help avoid storm damage on your foundation:
Clean Your Gutters & Use Downspouts
It might be unclear at first what gutters have to do with a building’s foundation, but it comes down to water runoff. The purpose of gutters is to transport water from the roof to the ground and away from the building. If the gutters are clogged either at the top of the roof or at the ground, it can cause water to build up and collect on the ground around the perimeter of your home or business. This can lead to trouble down the line when water seeps into the foundation and weakens it and the surrounding soil. Downspouts are also important to use in your gutter system to ensure that runoff water is actually being directed away from the base of the building.
Place a Sump Pump in Your Basement
Groundwater is something that may always penetrate even the best water damage preventative maintenance and seep into the basement of your property. Once water collects in a basement it can be very difficult to remove and allowing it to sit and puddle will only lead to further and more severe foundation water damage. A sump pump can be installed in these below-grade areas to quickly pump out water in the event that the area floods to prevent water damage. In the event that your basement has flooded and you do not have a sump pump installed or floodwaters overwhelm your pump, our highly experienced IICRC trained professionals at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta are available and ready to immediately service any water damage emergency 24/7.
Keep Soil Around Your Home from Drying Out
As important as it is to keep excess water away from the ground around your property’s foundation, it is also important to ensure that it does not get too little water either. During periods of dry time with less rain and moisture, the soil around your home can dry out and shrink in size. When a heavy rain finally does come, this can cause the soil around your foundation to quickly swell and apply pressure in areas of the foundation that can lead to extensive damage. A way to maintain this is to water the soil directly around your property during long periods of dryness to prevent the grade from shrinking too much.
In the event your home or basement floods, it is best to contact a company of professionals to quickly respond and properly help the situation. Give us here at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta a call at (404) 835-0200 for any storm damage restoration emergency and we will respond right away.