Water damage may not be a priority when it comes to homeownership, however, it’s never welcome news to hear that your home’s structure has been compromised by it. Unfortunately, many homeowners are unaware of the signs of water damage. The severity of it can progress until the problem becomes extremely costly. Like most people, your home is probably one of your biggest investments. Having peace of mind that your home is protected from water damage is crucial. Especially here in Northern Virginia where the effects of record rainfalls have been wreaking havoc on unprepared homeowners. Let the experts at Basement Masters Waterproofing educate you on how to protect your investment from costly water damage repairs.
When water hits the ground, it soaks into the earth’s surface. In some geographical areas, the earth’s surface contains soils comprised of clay minerals. These clay minerals are expansive and therefore, absorb water. When these soils become saturated, they expand, increasing in volume.
A home that has been built in an area with expansive soil is susceptible to foundation damage. This damage occurs when surface water collecting around the foundation of the home is absorbed into the soil and exerts force on the foundation. Equally, expansive soils shrink when dry. This shrinkage can remove structural support from the home. Without having a water management system in place, over time these changes can result in significant and costly foundation damage.
With an increase in exerted force on a foundation, over time its walls become weakened. As a result, cracks form in the basement walls. These cracks allow water to enter the basement. If the problem is not fixed, the cracks will enlarge and the walls will eventually begin to shift. When this happens, the home’s foundation becomes unstable. Waiting to fix foundation problems creates serious structural issues and significant financial loss to property owners.
Homes damaged by water require services from an expert in waterproofing and foundation repair. The highly skilled professionals at Basement Masters Waterproofing have the experience and knowledge to fix your home right the first time. If you want help from a company comprised of reliable and trustworthy experts who will treat your home like theirs, call Basement Masters Waterproofing today!
This post was originally published on 8/30/2018 and updated on 9/16/2021 for accuracy and a larger scope of information.