When a home’s foundation begins to settle, basement foundation problems will occur. Basement foundation problems will cause floor and wall cracks, allowing water to enter a basement. Water in a basement creates many problems for homeowners, such as mold and mildew growth, wet drywall, and high energy bills.
There are a variety of foundation types when it comes to your home. Poured concrete is the most common method used for foundations; however, concrete block walls, wood, stone, and precast are other common foundation structures.
All homes that have a basement will experience basement foundation problems due to settling soil. Homeowners experiencing the following should contact a professional to learn about basement foundation repair solutions that will protect their home.
Bowing Basement Walls
When soil around the foundation settles, it causes water to gather near the foundation. This water will cause pressure to push against the walls of the basement foundation, causing bowing or cracking walls.
Sinking Basement Floors
Shrinking and swelling soil causes settlement, which can also cause basement floors to sink. Once the soil and basement floors settle, the weight of the home is no longer adequately supported. Sinking basement floors will be present throughout the home, as doors and windows may not open or close properly and cracks may appear in tiles, wall joints, and garage columns.
Basement Wall and Floor Cracks
The settling of soil will often cause shifting, sinking, and cracks to occur on basement walls and on basement floors. When cracks appear in a home’s basement walls or floors, it allows a path for water to leak through into the basement. As water gathers in the basement, flooding, humidity, and mold or mildew growth will occur, which can be harmful to a homeowner’s health and finances.
Mold or Mildew Growth
Half of the air a homeowner breathes in their home comes from the basement. This movement of air is known as the stack effect. The stack effect describes how air rises, traveling from the basement, and into a home’s living space.
Water and humidity in a basement cause mildew and mold to grow, which brings musty, harmful, toxic odors from mold spores. However, there are basement foundation repair solutions homeowners can take to prevent a wet or damp basement from happening.
If You Need a Basement Foundation Repair Solution
Many homeowners have to deal with the similar basement foundation problems when soil settles under their home. Fortunately, Indiana Foundation Service has a variety of basement foundation repair solutions for homeowners.
If your home is in need of basement foundation repair solutions, contact us to schedule a free inspection today.