Home Foundations | House Foundation

Home Foundations | House Foundation The type of materials that your basement/home foundation is made of may affect the susceptibility of your home to water problems and the type of basement water proofing system you will need to eliminate your water problem. Typically, residential house foundations are composed of either concrete, stone, or block. No type of foundation will be completely immune to the elements, no matter how well they are built.

Home foundations are built of solid materials that are designed to last the life of the home (100+years). The foundation is built of sturdy materials that must support the weight of the home and the structures and people above it. The basement is the interior of the foundation within the outer walls of the foundation. The basement is the bottom floor of the house or building that is the lowest floor of the structure, with the majority of it usually at or below ground level. A basement may serve a few to several purposes, depending on the size available in it, and the needs of the residents that own it. Basements may be used as storage areas, for items such as furnaces, water heaters, and laundry machines. Basements may also be used for more everyday uses, especially for families in which the basements are fully refinished and furnished. Families with fully finished basements have even more to lose due to basement water problems, including mold, damage to furniture, and damages to wood or carpeted floors. The more you invest in your basement, the more you will want to invest in a basement waterproofing system.

Basement waterproofing refers to the technical systems you use to eliminate moisture and water from entering your home (usually through your basement or house foundation). An effective basement waterproofing system will include a powered system to pump water away from the foundation of your home, sealers, and drainage. Really, you can't take any chances with a potential water problem. One event may be all the opportunity mold needs to take hold in a home and cause expensive damage including to property and human health. Especially if you live in an area known for periodic flooding, you should consider a sump pump system or a more comprehensive basement waterproofing system. Ground water can be a potential problem for any structure that is built at ground level or below ground. Waterproofing and drainage considerations should be taken in places where home foundations are located in areas with high water tables. If your foundation is built in and around soil with a high water table, there will be significant hydrostatic water pressures applied to its walls, that make it susceptible to cracks, and water leaks through existing cracks. The increased hydrostatic pressures around the bowl of the foundation will try to force water through the concrete or stone floors and walls. The hydrostatic pressure can cause the development of tiny cracks in the floors and walls, and together with the changes in temperatures caused by the seasons, a gradual expansion of these cracks.

The water pressure and water leakage in foundations with high water tables can cause moisture and water and related water problems such as mold, mildew, and decay.