Entry of water and moisture into basements via the foundation is the reason why many basements are wet or damp. A wet or damp basement is not desired in your home because such an environment is conducive for the growth of mold. Mold poses a notable risk to your health and can also significant damage to your property.
Air that has a high moisture content also poses a bigger health risk in that in addition to promoting the growth of mold, it can also carry harmful pollutants such as mold spores, dust mites, nitrogen dioxide and many others for a prolonged period.
Take some time to examine how your gutters collect and drain runoff on a rainy day. If you see a lot of water gushing over the edge of the gutters, your gutters could be the source of your foundation problems. Gutters are meant to collect runoff and ensure it drains far away from your foundation. If there is debris such as dead leaves or twigs that has blocked your gutters and downspouts, water will overflow and be deposited at the foundation. This can also happen if the pitch of your gutters is incorrect or too small.
Where does your downspout deposit runoff collected by your gutters? If the downspout is draining water too close to your foundation, the soil around your foundation will become saturated with water. This in turn will result in destabilization of your foundation. It is important to ensure that the downspouts drain at least 6 feet away from the foundation. This will ensure the safety of your foundation when the snow melts or during seasons of heavy rainfall.
While foundation cracks can be a result of various other factors, they are often a sign of a drainage problem. Foundation cracks accompanied by other signs of water seepage such as mold or mildew, flaking of the foundation walls or the formation of a white powdery substance on the surface of the foundation walls often indicates a drainage problem.
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Cracks can occur even with the strongest foundations. There’s hope though! CGS can help you restore your foundation to top shape in a short time. Depending on its magnitude, a method will be selected to resolve it externally or internally.
Remember that while seeming harmless in the beginning, cracks can only get bigger. Water will easily seep through such cracks, and then freeze allowing the thaw cycle, which is typical of winter, to only widen the crevice.
At CGS, we offer our foundation repair services to homeowners and commercial clients alike. For years, we’ve helped customers in Atlanta, GA to have permanently dry basements.