Why Water Is Bad for Your Foundation
On the surface, water doesn’t seem like that big of a problem. After all, a little water is nothing compared to the strength of a concrete foundation. The thing is, the effect of water can add up over time. Just look at the canyons that have been cut out of solid rock over time.
The same thing can happen to your foundation.
Excess water in soil can increase the amount of pressure the soil puts on the foundation. This can lead to cracks in the foundation. More water gets in, increasing the size of the cracks. Eventually, the foundation will begin to weaken and move. When this happens, the entire structure of the foundation is compromised. Repairing this damage will require specialized techniques to shore up the foundation.
Water and electricity simply don’t mix. Water in the wrong place can completely destroy electrical systems. The same is true of the electrical systems in your foundation. With a basement or crawlspace, flooding can cause shorts that will wreck your whole system. Even water vapor that comes through your concrete wall can condense around the wires. The problem is even more likely in a slab foundation. Electrical conduits are built into the slab foundation, and it takes much less water to get into them and cause damage.
Get enough water in your foundation and you’ve got a flood. In a basement, the flood will damage any equipment or items you have down there. It’s especially bad in a finished basements, where flooding can destroy flooring, ruin furniture, and trash expensive electronics. Crawlspace flooding can be just as bad, since it take even less flooding to get up to the level of flooring, electrical wires, pipes, and more. Slab foundations are in less danger of having the foundation flooded, but it takes much less water to get up under the flooring.
Mold, Mildew, and Rot
Where you get moisture, you get mold or mildew. And if that moisture gets into the wood support beams or wall structure, then it can lead to rot. It doesn’t take much, especially when it comes mold and mildew. A relatively small amount of moisture behind walls or under flooring is all mold and mildew need.
You Can Prevent the Damage with Waterproofing
Fortunately, you don’t have to throw in the towel. Waterproofing can protect your foundation from moisture and water. Interior waterproofing will safely remove any water that gets in, and exterior waterproofing will keep the water from getting in at all.
If you have trouble with moisture or dampness, you should call a professional to explore your waterproofing options.