Water Leaks Under Foundation
Water can damage your foundation by soaking the soil around your foundation, but a burst pipe under your foundation is also dangerous. If you notice that your foundation floor is cracking, it could mean that you have a water leak under your foundation. CNT Foundations will provide a free, no-obligation estimate in North Charleston for foundation repairs if you discover a water leak. Call 843-405-7022 today to make an appointment with our dedicated team of experts. What causes water leaks under your foundation? The answers vary.
Water Leaks due to Burst Pipes
Water lines beneath your foundation are constantly full of water. Over time, the pipes that carry the water can erode and crack, resulting in a leak that will travel upwards and damage your foundation. You can tell if the water leaks under your foundation are due to water line breaks by:
- Constant wet spots on your foundation floor
- High water bills
- Little to no hot water in the shower
- Standing water in your yard
- Consistently hearing running water
Broken sewer pipes also attribute to water leaks under your foundation. If the pipes that carry sewage out of your home are cracked, water will escape every time it travels through the pipe. Expansive soils found in North Charleston will soak up this water and swell, causing problems such as:
- Cracked foundation walls (link to exterior foundation cracks) and floors
- Foundation heave
- Bowed walls
- Cracked bricks
- Floor and wall separation
Water lines and sewer pipes can break because of old age, excessive wear and pressure, or a natural force like tree roots that press against them as they grow. But they aren’t the only source of water leaks.
Excessive moisture in the soil beneath your foundation can also cause leaks in the concrete slab floor. This moisture can be caused by improper drainage that doesn’t keep water away from your foundation or excessive soil moisture from a sprinkler system. If North Charleston has experienced heavy rains recently, that rainwater can soak into the soil beneath your foundation and cause the soil to expand (link to expansive soils). That pressure against your foundation floor can crack the concrete and let water leak in.
How can I protect my foundation against water leaks?
Once your water leaks begin under your foundation, other foundation problems won’t be far behind. Any water leaks should be immediately addressed to prevent mold and mildew growth, cracked foundation walls, uneven floors, and more.
CNT Foundations is proud to serve North Charleston and provide the best possible foundation repair services. Our team of experts is waiting to help you with your foundation problems. Call 843-405-7022 today to make a free appointment and find out how you can fix your structural issues caused by water leaks.