How Weather can Affect your Foundation

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Summertime is here, and that means a higher likelihood of severe storms in Nashville and the surrounding area in Middle Tennessee. With heavy rain and fast winds, these storms can cause serious damage to the foundation of your home. If any foundation damage goes unchecked, it can cause far more expensive and difficult problems down the road. Waterproofing your basement or crawlspace can be a great preventative measure to protect the foundation of your home.

Here are a few things to look for after a major storm to ensure the solidity of the foundation.

Cracks in the walls

After a high wind event, you want to take the time to seek out any new cracks that have appeared on the walls of your home. If you discover any cracks that are larger than a quarter-inch, that is a sign your walls have shifted and settled. You’ll be able to see the most telling damage around windows and doors, seeing as those are the weakest parts of the overall structure.

  • Signs of lifting: Once the storm has subsided, walk the perimeter of your home to check for signs of lifting in the foundation. Any new cracks in your foundation will be noticeable outside your home. You can also check to see if any of your floors have become unlevel–this is also a sign that your foundation has moved.
  • Water leaks: As a general rule, if you find water where there isn’t supposed to be any, you have a problem. Be sure to check your basement or crawlspace, near your water heater and around plumbing connections to ensure there is no new water leakage after a large storm system. Moisture in your home can further damage your foundation and cost you a lot more money if left untreated. If you regularly find water in your basement or crawlspace, a sump pump can solve the problem.
  • Roof leakage: Unfortunately, the signs of roof leakage won’t show up until it has rained a few times since the damage. After a high wind storm, be sure to keep an eye on your ceilings and walls for any sort of discoloration that could mean water leakage. Check the outside of your home and identify any loose or missing tiles or shingles.
  • Drainage issues: Make sure you take the time to inspect your gutters and drainage system. When significant rainfall occurs and you are without a properly working drainage system, all of that rainwater could stay at the base of your home and contribute to foundation, basement or crawlspace issues.

Waterproofing your basement or crawlspace in Nashville and Murfreesboro

If your basement or crawlspace is damp, moldy or full of allergens, it poses multiple hazards to you, your family and your home. Moisture under your house can not only cause wood rot that negatively impacts the foundation of your home, but it can also attract pests and emit harmful mold spores. At Ameri Care Services, our waterproofing services can extend the life of your foundation and protect you from problems caused by high wind storm systems.

To find out more, give us a call at (615) 893-7111 or visit us online to schedule your free consultation today.