Foundation leaks lead to lousy living

It’s officially April! It’s the time of year when we work to forget about cold winter nights and look forward to warmer weather spotted with tulips and daffodils… right?

The truth is we cannot discount the snow until every last flake has disappeared. Melt water means the ground is extremely damp and if you do not have proper drainage leading away from your home it can cost you a lot in foundation repairs.

One big thing to look for is water pooling near the foundation of your home. Pooling water can lead to a foundation leak. Foundation leak repairs can be extremely costly and if they are not performed quickly enough, could cost a lot in additional repairs. Though there are kits that offer quick fixes, it is always best to go for the long-term solution and hire a professional foundation repair service.

The big thing that can affect the drainage around your house is the grading around your home. Grading is a gentle slope away from the foundation of your home that allows for proper drainage on your property. Improper drainage can not only cause problems for your home but for your neighbours’ homes as well. According to a National Post column by Mike Holmes, “Some people don’t realize it, but grading is sensitive. Playing with the grading around your home doesn’t just affect your own property; it can affect your neighbours’, too. Grading problems have been at the root of more than a few neighbourly disputes.”

Remember; concrete is not completely waterproof. Even the most watertight seal can spring a leak during damp times. Water getting into your house can lead to a lot of other issues such as mold and mildew spreading inside your home. A leak around your foundation can mean big repairs in the future.

What should you do if you find water pooling around your foundation? First and foremost, do everything you can to move the water away from your home. A small issue like pooling water can grow very quickly and it is just easier to avoid the expense.

If the pooling is serious, you may have to call in a professional landscaper or contractor to fix the grade leading away from your house. Grading can be easily changed by small bits of home landscaping and it might take a professional touch to get your property draining properly again.

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