Foundation leaks are an extremely serious plumbing problem, in which water is able to seep into your foundation where it can cause cracking and shifting. This can result in severe structural damage that can manifest itself in a number of different places throughout your home.
Thankfully, there are a number of early warning signs that you can keep an eye out for to help determine when your home may be experiencing a foundation leak so that you can contact a professional to fix the problem before it becomes serious.
Windows and Doors Are Harder to Close
The earliest signs of trouble in your foundation will manifest themselves in your windows and doors. A leak in your foundation will cause cracking in the slab itself, which will in turn cause the foundation of your home to shift or split into multiple pieces. This means that doors and windows will be harder to close as they sit unevenly within their frames compared to the rest of the home. You should also check the sills and frames for any signs of cracking, which also points to signs of foundation cracking and shifting.
Floors Are Sloping
As a foundation leak can cause shifting of the foundation itself, you should check the floors of your home for signs that they are changing their slope. A shifting foundation can either cause the entire floor to slant in one direction, or can cause buckling and warping of individual floorboards.
Place a ball or marble on your floor—if the foundation has begun to shift, it will roll in a certain direction. Separating or cracking floorboards can either point to damage to the floor itself or issues with the foundation: you should call a professional to come in and examine your foundation if you experience any issues with your floorboards coupled with any other warning sign of a foundation leak in your home.
Walls and Baseboards Sport Cracks
Take a look at your walls and baseboards. If your baseboards are not sitting snugly and evenly against the walls that they are supposed to be attached to, your foundation may have shifted. Further, hairline cracks can begin to appear in your walls. While some older walls will necessarily have thin cracks in them due to age, you should keep an eye on them to see if they begin to spread or widen fairly rapidly, as this is a clear indication that something is wrong with your foundation.
To better determine the state of your foundation, contact water damage services like Fire & Flood Services Inc.