The weather in Indiana, especially in places like Indianapolis, can have a direct impact on your home’s overall health. If the correct steps are not taken to protect your home, you may lose up to 30 percent of its value when you put it on the market again. Along with that, homes that have hydrostatic pressure damage are less pleasant and less safe for you and your family to live in.
There are steps you can take to do your own inspection of your home. By regularly accessing your home’s health, you can better keep track of warning signs or any signs of existing damage. Any damage should be taken care of immediately by the basement waterproofing and foundation repair professionals working in your area.
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Check Your Structural Health
Whether you’re looking to enjoy the longevity of your home or eventually put it back on the market, you’ll need to ensure your structural supports are sound and sturdy.
Hydrostatic pressure can cause the concrete elements throughout your basement, crawl space, or foundation to crack, bow and sink. Keeping that in mind, you should inspect your home at least once a year to make sure things are well-maintained and free of moisture.
Signs that hydrostatic pressure has started to affect your home’s structural health include:
- Popped nails
- Wall and floor gaps
- Uneven floors
- Vertical, horizontal, diagonal, or stair-step cracks in your walls
- Sticking doors
- Bowed basement walls
You should also inspect the outside of your home for signs of damage. If you’re dealing with an unusual amount of rain or pressure, your chimney may crack. Similarly, before you see signs of damage in your basement, you may notice your foundation slipping outside of your home.
Check Your Crawl Space
Although it may not be a large part of your home, your crawl space does have a significant impact on your structure’s overall health. Letting your crawl space go without care and maintenance could cause you further issues. For example, you can quickly find yourself dealing with infestations, unexplained illness and structural damage throughout your home.
Watch out for these obvious signs of crawl space damage:
- Standing water or moisture
- Wood rot
- Sagging floors
- Open vents
- Damaged insulation
- Unpleasant smells
If you notice your utility bills rapidly rising, this is another cause for concern. If there is dampness or moisture present in your crawl space, your HVAC system will have a much harder time controlling temperatures. The system will have to work harder to keep your home at a consistent temperature, and you’ll have to pay more than you’re used to at the end of the month.
More severe bouts of dampness can potentially cause your interior pipes to leak or burst.
Check Your Basement
Although it depends, living in Indiana, it’s more likely that you have a basement rather than a crawl space. While your basement isn’t as sensitive as a crawl space would be, you’ll want to be just as thorough when inspecting the area. Moisture and damage in the basement can contribute to just as many issues as a crawl space. For example, dampness on the walls can still cause your family to develop allergies or asthma. Likewise, it can put the structural integrity of your home at risk.
Here are things to watch for when inspecting your basement:
- Standing water that doesn’t drain
- Water-damaged belongings
- Unpleasant smells
- Damaged appliances, including your sump pump
- Obvious leaks
It may be difficult to tell the difference between the symptoms of basement damage and the symptoms of foundation damage. Because of this, you should reach out to a local professional right away if you spot any signs or symptoms. A professional with experience can quickly determine where the source of your leak is and if you have any damage that needs to be taken care of immediately.
Check Your Concrete Slabs
You won’t want to skip any steps when checking other concrete elements on your property, such as your:
- Basement floor
- Pool deck
Just as it can affect your foundation, hydrostatic pressure or settling soil under the concrete may impact these features of your home. If you don’t actively take care of these elements, they can begin to sink or otherwise suffer from water damage. It’s best to explore the repair options you have available to you, like the PolyRenewal™ concrete lifting system, or make sure water drains away from these elements instead of toward them.
If you don’t know where to turn, you can reach out to the professional foundation and basement repair contractors at Indiana Foundation Service serving Indianapolis, IN, for assistance with a home inspection. These professionals can catch symptoms of damage that you may have missed and provide you with a free quote on the services you may need to restore your home back to health.