Have you noticed a carpet of green growing on the external surface of your foundation walls? Pretty, isn’t it? But it could be a sign that you need to revisit basement waterproofing to protect your foundation from moisture damage.
Of moss and moisture damage
Foundations are built to last. However, like everything else manmade, they deteriorate with time. One sign of deterioration is the growth of moss. Like mold and mildew, that green velvety carpet is a sign of a moisture problem. If you spot mold on your foundation, it’s important to have it inspected as soon as possible.
Inspection of your foundation is important for its health. Moisture problems aren’t only a nuisance; they can also result in structural problems. Safeguarding your foundation is ensuring the safety of your home and your household.
The effect of moisture damage
Excessive moisture is a foundation’s worst enemy. It leads to the weakening of the material used to construct the foundation. This, in turn, leads to the formation of cracks, fractures and other structural issues.
While you may not notice the signs of weakness in your foundation, you may notice other signs around the home. These include:
- Windows not fitting properly – Your windows may bulge or not be able to shut properly.
- Doors sticking, slamming or not able to stay closed
- Formation of cracks in the walls – The walls may also bulge. Watch the cracks to see if they continue to grow. You should also note if new cracks form.
- Warping or unevenness in floors
- Presence of mold or mildew – You may not see the mold but detect a musty smell.
If you notice any of the above signs of foundation failure, you should have your foundation inspected as soon as possible. The cost of foundation repair in the early stages of damage is far less than the cost of repairing your home if the failure results in structural damage.
Prevent more problems
If you want to protect your basement from the infiltration of water, you should consider taking the steps outlined below:
- Install a French drain tile in your basement. This will help to direct water that penetrates your foundation to a well. A sump pump can be used to pump the water out of the basement and prevent it from flooding the basement.
- Regrade your landscape so that the water flows away from the foundation.