Hydrostatic Pressure

Have you noticed water in your around your foundation or in crawl space in North Charleston? Are you wondering what is causing water damage to your foundation? The answer may be hydrostatic pressure. Call 843-405-7022 if you notice water in your crawl space. CNT Foundations’ team of experienced contractors will come to your home and provide a free, no-obligation estimate for repairing your foundation.

Let’s explore how hydrostatic pressure can damage your foundation.

What is hydrostatic pressure?

Hydrostatic pressure is when water pushes against any surface that blocks it. If water is trying to flow downhill, for example, gravity pulls against the water and encourages it to flow downward. If there is something solid in the way – such as your concrete foundation – the water will push mightily against that object until it gets through. At more than 60 lbs. per cubic foot, water is dense and will not let anything stop it from its course.

Hydrostatic pressure increases depending on the weight of soil or gravity above it. A deep foundation and excessive soil moisture in North Charleston can increase the chance for major structural damage as the pressure increases depending on how far down you go. That significant pressure can cause cracks in your foundation and let water seep through to your space.

What are the signs of hydrostatic pressure?

The most noticeable sign of hydrostatic pressure pushing against your foundation is water getting into your crawl space without any obvious cracks. This happens when the water finds each microscopic crack and hole in the concrete and slowly creeps in. The longer the soil around your foundation stays saturated with water, the worse the damage will become.

You may also notice mold and mildew, excessive humidity, musty or damp smells, bowed walls, and cracked foundation walls because of hydrostatic pressure. Unwanted water seeping through your foundation can also attract insects and other pests into your home.

You may be asking – how can I stop the water from coming in?

How can I fix damage caused by hydrostatic pressure?

Even the best foundation is still susceptible to water damage caused by hydrostatic pressure. There are waterproofing solutions and techniques that we use to keep your crawl space dry. Sometimes the fix is as easy as redirecting your gutters, and sometimes a more in-depth approach is needed.

CNT Foundations offers solutions for all your foundation repair needs. Call 843-405-7022 to reach our experienced team in North Charleston today and make an appointment for a free consultation. Our mission is to protect your home’s foundation so that you can enjoy the more important things in life.