Flooding damages foundations due to the amount of water quickly moving in to the area and pushing the home and weakening the structure. This causes a need for foundation repair to the property. When heavy rain and flooding occur, like what we see in Houston from Hurricane Harvey, we know that some structures will need foundation repair, in addition to other cosmetic repairs.
Why Flooding Damages Foundations
Flooding penetrates deep in to the ground and even foundations that have pilings or piers can experience damage. Rapidly moving water can hit the side of a home and weaken or dislodge the home, separating it from the foundation.
Mainly massive amounts of water to any structure will cause damage, but specifically homes and buildings can experience foundation problems. Foundations can also experience heave or a drop due to the large amounts of water coming in and eventually leaving or drying up.
Signs of Foundation Problems
Foundation problems due to flooding are identified like normal signs of foundation problems in a home or commercial building. A few common signs are listed below:
- Doors stuck or sticking
- Door frame askew
- Fireplace cracks
- Fireplace separation from wall or ceiling
- Floor hump, sinking or upheaval
- Floor tile cracks
- Floor separation or noticeable ridge
- Floor slope
- Floor is ‘bouncy’
- Brick wall mortar joint separation
- Brick wall movement or leaning
- Brick wall expansion joint width widens at top
- Uneven or separated caulk around window or door frames
When a home is flooding, from a natural disaster like a Hurricane or from a water heater, the foundation can be in need of repair. It is certainly worth a foundation inspection to make sure the foundation is still structurally sound. If you are in need of foundation repair or think your home may be in need, call us today to schedule a foundation inspection for your home or commercial property today.