Water can cause severe problems to a house's or structure's foundation. Water damage and leaks caused by surface water is easily repairable; however, if the damage is caused by groundwater, repairs are much more difficult.
One cause of water foundation problems is surface water, such as streams and creeks. If this water is too close to the foundation, you could have leaking problems.
You can divert surface water from the structure by changing the stream's direction, so that it bends away from the foundation.
Groundwater is a more challenging problem. If groundwater is seeping into the foundation, it requires a time-consuming repair.
Cement vs. Wood Foundations
Wood foundations usually encounter more water damage problems than cement foundations. Cement foundations are less prone to dilapidation or warping from water.
To fix cement foundations that are leaking, you'll have to dig a large trench by the side of the foundation. Spread a layer of tar across the exterior wall to waterproof the foundation.
- "Successful Home Repair: When Not to Call the Contractor;" Gary Paulsen; 1978
- "Home Repair and Maintenance;" Jack M. Landers; 1991
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