Water Damage and Foundation Issues
Water damage can affect both the interior and exterior of your home. While water damage can be an eyesore, when it isn’t fixed, this can create foundation problems and costly repairs.
There are a few different ways your home can suffer from water damage. Moisture can accumulate in your home from pretty much any source of water. This includes sinks, showers, tubs, toilets, and other plumbing and appliances in your house.
It’s always a good idea to check for moisture in your home. To start, you can do this by inspecting your walls for damage. Typically, when there is moisture or water damage you will notice discoloration on the surface.
Mold and mildew can also discolor walls and ceilings – with mold being black or green in color and mildew more of a grey or a white color.
In addition to surface stains, mold, and mildew, you can spot water damage if you see any of the following issues:
- Peeling paint.
- Surface bubbles.
- Cracking and crumbling.
- Surface areas that have warped or buckled.
- Soft or spongy areas on drywall.
- Swelling along drywall edges and seams.
- Foggy windows.
- Leaking roof.
While visual cues are great for detecting moisture and water damage, you can also use your sense of smell to sniff out any issues. Mold and mildew both leave noticeable odors.
Your foundation should be regularly (and thoroughly) inspected for water and moisture penetration as well. The best way to do this is to request an inspection from a foundation contractor. Foundation contractors know what to look for and how to find the cause of the situation.
When water is found pooling near or around your foundation, this can lead to soil problems. That’s because when water penetrates the soil around a foundation, it will cause it to expand when it’s wet and contract when it dries. When this happens, it can cause the foundation of your home to settle at an uneven rate.
In addition to foundation settlement, moisture or water intrusion can affect the structural integrity of your home by causing the wooden beams that make up the structure to rot.
How do you know if your home already has structural damage? Look for bowing walls, uneven floors, windows and doors that don’t close properly, and wall cracks. These are all signs of possible structural problems. Also look at your roof from a distance to determine if there are any sags, curls, or missing shingles.
If you think your home is in need of foundation repair, house leveling, foundation replacement and/or earthquake retrofitting, contact Julian Construction today and we will send one of our foundation specialists out to conduct a free, thorough inspection with a quote for repair.
We have extensive experience serving our Los Angeles community and nearby regions. In fact, Julian Construction has inspected over 30,000 structures in the area!
Julian Construction was formed in 1994 and our focus has always been on building and maintaining foundations, doing foundation repair and replacement, earthquake retrofitting, and house leveling.
When you work with Julian Construction, you get the principles of the company and the workers of Julian Construction under your home.
And in order to keep foundation repair affordable for our customers, we offer a price guarantee — because we know our quote for repair will represent your very best value.
Give us a call at (323) 733-3377 to schedule your free inspection or complete the inspection request form.