It’s hard to stay on top of the weather in Missouri. As the seasons change, the weather grows more unpredictable. But what should you do when Missouri’s indomitable weather damages your foundation?
Dealing with a foundation leak is always stressful. Before you panic, though, take your time to determine whether or not your foundation is actually leaking. Once you have an idea of what’s going on underneath your home, you’ll be able to take action to retain your home’s value.
You might think that cracks form in your foundation after one significant event. Sometimes, that is the case. More often than not, though, your foundation will develop cracks due to frequent stress.
Put another way, there are dozens of reasons your foundation may leak. You can break these reasons down into four categories:
While the causes are many, the symptoms of a foundation leak are even more diverse. Unfortunately, there’s some significant overlap between the symptoms of a basement leak and the symptoms of a foundation leak. If you’re not sure which of these leaks you’re dealing with, you’ll want to reach out to a professional before the leak has time to grow.
Some of the interior signs of a leaking foundation include:
The exterior signs of a leaking foundation include:
Most of the time, a basement leak won’t be visible from the outside of your home. As such, if you’re noticing cracks along your home’s exterior, you can more confidently diagnose your leak as one stemming from your foundation.
There are a lot of myths surrounding foundation repair and its costs. On one hand, you will need to budget carefully if you think you’re going to have to repair your foundation. On the other hand, the costs aren’t nearly as severe as you may think they are. Likewise, it’s much more expensive to repair a crack that you’ve let fester than it is to nip the problem in the bud.
Foundation cracks are more than just momentary expenses, though. Should you go to sell your home, you’re going to need to disclose your house’s history with foundation problems. If you choose to sell your home without fixing these problems yourself, you risk losing up to 30 percent of your home’s market value.
Comparatively, you can spend money to fix and waterproof your foundation before listing your home on the market. While these repairs will cost you, you’ll be able to list your home for its full value.
All in all, then, it’s less expensive to fix and waterproof your foundation than it is to hope that the crack a professional found during an inspection disappears over time.
If you want to get ahead of any foundation problems, you can always waterproof your home when you first purchase it. Some of the waterproofing solutions that’ll help you protect your foundation include:
Don’t let the myths about foundation repair keep you from fixing a crack in your foundation. The faster you act on a contractor’s free quote, the sooner you can take back your home for yourself.