Water Around Foundation Problems

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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.

Streams

  • 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.

Diverting Water

  • You can divert surface water from the structure by changing the stream's direction, so that it bends away from the foundation.

Groundwater

  • 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.

Cement Repair

  • 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.

References

  • "Successful Home Repair: When Not to Call the Contractor;" Gary Paulsen; 1978
  • "Home Repair and Maintenance;" Jack M. Landers; 1991
  • Photo Credit Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of zitona qatar
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