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Foundation Issues

Many of us know the unfortunate effects of water leakage and flooding firsthand.  When it enters your basement, potentially through cracks Cracked Foundationor weak points in its foundation, a whole host of issues can emerge. Excessive moisture can cause a wide range of problems, paramount among these being the destruction of any property contained nearby. Since many people use their basements for storage and entertainment, this can be a very serious issue. Often if leakage is allowed to occur for too long, items contained nearby will be made to endure the stresses of water damage. Sometimes this unfortunate condition can be reversed, but more often it cannot. However, property damage is just the beginning. Excessive moisture can also lead to the growth of mold, including some potentially hazardous or even fatal types. It can make the area a breeding ground for pests. It can throw your home’s climate out of whack, causing you to spend more money on heating. Finally, it can create a very unpleasant odor which can, in time, permeate your entire home. Clearly, basement leakage is a serious problem. Fortunately, there’s a solution.

There are a good many ways that water can get into your basement. Generally, it’ll make its way in through flaws in your foundation walls. As such, a good way to prevent leakage is to waterproofing of these walls. However, it’s also important to examine the reasons why water might collect near these walls in the first place. Generally, It’s because the soil nearby has become oversaturated. This can happen for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you’ve been experiencing some heavy rain lately. Maybe your gutters are clogged and water isn’t being allowed to travel elsewhere, causing it to pool nearby. Also, water might be gathering due to a landscaping issue. If your yard slopes away from your home, leakage is less likely to occur. If the land around your home is flat and has no noticeable slope at all, flooding may occur at some point. If your yard slopes towards your home, flooding is very likely to occur. These are some of the many factors that determine whether or not flooding will occur.

If you’re experiencing flooding, or you’re worried that you might be soon, call Twin Oaks. We’ll send over a team to investigate your particular situation. They’ll examine numerous factors in an effort to discover what might be causing your particular problem, questions like:

  • Do you have a sump pump? How often does it run? Is it working steadily or does it rarely turn on?
  • Where does your sump pump lead? Is the water being dumped far enough away that it is no longer a liability to your property?
  • How old is your home’s foundation? Is it cracking or leaking? Have you noticed any excessive moisture in the area?
  • Does your home have perimeter drains or is the nearby landscaping conducive to future leaking?

Based upon answers to these and other related questions, we will come up with an original solution to match your specific needs. Utilizing a drainage camera that travels through your system to assess the condition of your drains we can determine if these might be the issue, or if it perhaps might have something to do with your yard’s landscaping or the condition of your foundation. Whatever we find, and regardless of your situation, Twin Oaks can help. Call us today to get started.