A functional plumbing system plays a crucial role in the health of your home’s foundation. If one of the pipes is leaking, this could spell trouble to the structural integrity of the foundation and your home as a whole. Today, Stratum Structural Systems, one of the top basement repair contractors in the area, discusses further.
Types of Plumbing Leaks That Affect Foundations
Many of the plumbing lines run right below the concrete surface. During home construction, the foundation is built with a moisture barrier to safeguard against water leaks from one of the pipes. This is common in newer homes, but those built before the 1980s are less likely to have foundations with this kind of protection.
Plumbing leaks that cause foundation problems occur in either one of two ways: fast or slow.
- Fast Leak – A bigger, faster leak saturates the soil beneath the foundation, causing holes to form in the ground below. Due to uneven support to the foundation, it is subjected to stress, leading to cracks.
- Slow Leak – A slower leak can be as dangerous to your foundation as a faster one. Over time, the soil becomes moist, shifting it and the foundation underneath.
What to Watch Out For
Keeping an eye out for plumbing leaks that could lead to home foundation problems is imperative. Before foundation repair can be carried out, be sure to check for the following signs of a leaking pipe:
- High water bills
- Water meter activity even when the valve is shut off
- Pooling water inside the home
- Weed growth in the yard
- Moldy smell
Stratum Structural Systems offers a wide range of solutions for your foundation problems. Our experienced pros are well-versed in fixing hydrostatic pressure issues, brick and drywall cracks, and settling foundations. We also offer basement waterproofing, concrete leveling, and egress window repair and replacement. Call us at (314) 620-8153 or fill out our contact form for a free consultation.