Water Leaks Under Foundation
Water can harm your foundation by drenching the dirt around your foundation, yet a burst pipe under your foundation is equally dangerous. If you see that your foundation floor is cracked, you may have water leaking under your foundation. CNT Foundations will give a free, no-commitment evaluation in Charleston for foundation repairs if you do have leaking water. Call 843-405-7022 today to make a meeting with our devoted group of contractors.
What causes water leaks under your foundation? There are a few reasons:
Water Leaks because of Burst Pipes
Water lines underneath your foundation are consistently loaded with water. After some time, the pipes that carry the water can dissolve and break, causing a release that will travel upwards and harm your foundation. You can tell if the water leaks under your foundation are because of water line breaks or burst pipes 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 can be a major reason for water leaks under your foundation. If the funnels that carry sewage out of your house are broken, water will leak through every time it goes through the pipe. Expansive soils found in Charleston will suck up this water and expand, causing issues like:
- Cracked foundation walls and floors
- Foundation heave
- Bowing walls
- Cracking and crumbling bricks
- Gaps between your floor and walls
Water lines and sewer lines can break as a result of old age, wear and tear, or a natural act like tree roots that press against pipes as they grow. In any case, they aren't the main 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 Charleston has experienced heavy rains recently, that rainwater can soak into the soil beneath your foundation and cause the soil to expand. 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 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.