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House Foundation Repair

Quick Summary of House Foundation Repair

The gutter system is often overlooked regarding home care, but ignoring it can have major negative effects on the foundation of your home. No matter what kind of foundation your home might have, it is susceptible to serious damage due to poor water flow in faulty or clogged gutters.

Debris can build up in your gutters in many forms. Twigs, leaves, shingle grit, pine needles, and so on can all lend to a gutter clogging and failing. Clogs can cause your gutters to overflow with water that can seep into the ground around your foundation, damaging your home. It is necessary to ensure your gutters function well to avoid many kinds of water damage. Clean, repair or replace your gutter if it is damaged and then maintain them regularly to protect your home.

A long-term, low-maintenance solution to these kinds of gutter issues is installing MasterShield gutter protection on your new or existing gutter system. Mastershield’s innovative micromesh filter, combined with a design that matches the slope of your roof, prevents debris from clogging the gutter while water flows freely into the system. Its highly efficient design diverts water through the gutters before it can pour off your roof, securing your foundations from gutter overflow.

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If your gutter is clogged or damaged, water leaks are a common issue that can lead to foundation problems.

If you’ve noticed dampness in your basement, warped floors, or large cracks in your house’s foundation, it could have something to do with your gutters. No, this isn’t always a common sign that you have lousy gutter maintenance though you might need to clean them out. Your gutters are one of those hidden parts of your home that you often overlook, but they play an essential role in protecting your foundation. If your gutter is clogged or damaged, water leaks are a common issue, damaging your foundation walls and creating severe problems from roof runoff.

How Much does House Foundation Repair Cost?

The average foundation repair cost is expensive, so isn’t it better to make sure you can prevent future foundation damage? These structural issues can be a severe risk to the entire structure, but the good news is that you can resolve these maintenance issues fairly easily. Luckily, this article will show you what to do to avoid costly damage and even more expensive repairs to your foundation in the future!

Without proper drainage, water can seep into basements or foundations and cause severe damage.

Check Your Home’s Drainage System

Gutters are an important part of your home’s overall drainage system, and it’s important to ensure that you take care of them regularly. The city may require you to have them inspected annually, or there may be certain maintenance items that you need to perform yourself. If you notice issues with your gutters, then talk to a professional. They can help walk you through repairs and let you know if it’s time for new gutters altogether.

Repair or Replace Damaged Gutters

Damaged gutters that are clogged or leak do not properly divert water away from your foundation. If water isn’t draining properly, it can seep into your basement, floors, or crawlspace and cause flooding. It’s important to keep your gutters in good condition, especially if you live in an area with heavy rainfall. A heavy rainfall won’t damage your gutters but can be a catalyst for poor drainage from clogs and washing debris from trees and your roof into them. Most systems are designed to hold up against more water than you could reasonably expect, but an open gutter welcomes problems without a system to keep the debris that causes clogs at bay.

Ensuring water is carried away from the home is the best preventative measure against water damage.

Cleaning Out Gutters

It’s essential to stop debris and plant matter before they can clog your gutters. One option for keeping your gutters clear is to use a gutter cleaning service a few times a year to help keep your gutter system functioning. Or, you can clean out your gutters yourself. Your best bet is to contact an expert who knows what they are doing so you don’t make things worse or risk an injury. Although stopping gutter problems from turning into house foundation issues is an important step in protecting your home, you should not risk your or your loved one’s personal safety. Protecting your house from structural damage doesn’t have to be this difficult. MasterShield is the solution for stopping gutter clogs and extending the life of your gutters. Our dealers have extensive experience working with homeowners to protect their homes from water damage and more.

Keeping Them Clean

To make sure you avoid any gutter issues in the future, a leaf guard can be your best option! Regular gutter maintenance is an important part of house maintenance to keep up with, but you can save time and money by cutting gutter cleaning off your to-do list, mitigating the need for costly replacement, and only requiring just minor repairs to your roof. MasterShield Gutter Protection was designed with you and your home in mind. If you have ever been frustrated or annoyed by cleaning out your gutters regularly, then a leaf guard or filter system may be right for you. MasterShield Gutter Protection Systems are proven effective at keeping leaves out of your gutters, so they do not clog them and allow water to flow freely through them with very little maintenance. Save yourself some hassle now by getting a free estimate on installation today.

MasterShield Gutter Protection is a long term low maintenance option to protect your home from water damage.

Gutter Protection

Weather and debris can cause serious issues and wreak havoc on your home’s foundation, but MasterShield Gutter Guard with CopperCare™ MicroMesh protects your gutters against clogs that can lead to serious damage. Functioning gutters collect water that would otherwise damage your house and potentially cause costly structural problems.

Protect Your Home from Future Damage

MasterShield gutter Protection is leading in the technology for gutter guard design. It comes with a lifetime guarantee that the product will never crack, break, or rust. You can install MasterShield on all new and existing gutters – and it’s guaranteed to stay in place for as long as you own your home. It’s an easy step to protect your home from property damage and prevent clogs that could lead to costly repairs down the road. MasterShield Gutter Protection is a quality product made right here in America by skilled workers and delivered directly to our certified dealers, who are ready to help you today!

Protect Your Home from Future Damage

MasterShield gutter Protection is leading in the technology for gutter guard design. It comes with a lifetime guarantee that the product will never crack, break, or rust. You can install MasterShield on all new and existing gutters – and it’s guaranteed to stay in place for as long as you own your home. It’s an easy step to protect your home from property damage and prevent clogs that could lead to costly repairs down the road. MasterShield Gutter Protection is a quality product made right here in America by skilled workers and delivered directly to our certified dealers, who are ready to help you today!

MasterShield Gutter Protection was designed with you and your home in mind.

House Foundation Repair by Foundation Type

7 Types of Foundations

  • Poured Concrete Slab. Concrete slab foundations (slab-on-grade foundations) with a thickness of four to eight inches cost less than basements or crawl spaces.
    • A layer of concrete is poured into a mold of the foundation. The concrete hardens into a slab that the rest of the house is built upon. Homes with concrete slab foundations don’t have basements and are common in warmer climates. However, Concrete slab foundations are vulnerable to cracks that threaten the structural integrity of your home and can incur costly repairs. Cracks form as a result of the normal settling, unstable soil, and, in particular, water damage from hydrostatic pressure. When water accumulates around a house’s foundation, the concrete’s porous texture allows water to seep through the concrete floor. The water saturating the concrete will slowly erode it over time, forming minor cracks in the process. Furthermore, the soil surrounding the foundation can become saturated with water. During colder months when the water freezes, the soil expands and pushes against the foundation. This water pressure, combined with the repeated swelling and shrinking of the soil, can cause cracks to form and make pre-existing cracks wider. These cracks are also entry points for excess moisture to seep into your home. The primary culprit for water accumulating around the foundation slabs can be a gutter failure. When gutters get clogged with debris, roof runoff fails to be diverted safely away from the house through the downspout. Instead, water flows over the edge of the gutter and pools around the house’s foundation. Foundation cracks can be repaired through masonry patches, sealants, or epoxy resins, but it’s best to avoid such damage from occurring in the first place by focusing on gutters.
  • Crawl Space Foundation.
    • Crawl Space foundations are elevated above ground level to create a small space underneath, often used to house plumbing and other utilities. The foundation design is elevated above ground level through concrete or wooden support piers with exterior concrete or stone walls. Moisture and water entering the crawlspace is the greatest danger to this foundation. Surrounding water can put pressure on the exterior walls of the foundation, creating cracks that water can seep through. Water can also enter through the naturally porous stone and concrete materials. Mold and mildew fester in the wet environment, wooden beams are subject to wood rot as water deteriorates them, and concrete support beams can crack as water saturation creates erosion. Moisture also attracts insects like termites to take up shelter inside the crawl space. Regarding options for care and repair, foundation repair experts can be hired to remove mold and fix water damage, but average costs are expensive. Vapor barriers and dehumidifiers within the crawlspace are also an option. Preventative measures, which are most effective, ensure that your gutters properly divert rain away from the foundation and are paramount to preventing moisture buildup.
  • Wood Foundation.
    • Wooden foundations are built directly in contact with the ground with chemically treated wood to resist rot. Wood foundations are often used for houses with basements as they insulate more heat in the cold than concrete foundations. With wood directly at ground level, the biggest damage facing wood foundations is water damage. Despite being resistant, the chemical coating the wood receives isn’t impervious to water. If excess water accumulates around the foundation for too long, this abundance of moisture can cause wood rot to attack the home. Unlike concrete foundations where certain cracks can be patched or sealed, wood rot is organic and therefore can spread to the rest of the foundation. Wood rot weakens the foundation and can threaten the structural safety of the home. Areas affected by rot require costly replacement by professionals. Therefore, ensuring that gutters don’t clog and properly drain away water is vital.
  • Stone.
    • Stone foundations are composed of stones stacked together to form walls and floors, held together by mortar. Such foundations are more common in older homes. Common issues include stones coming loose, sections of stones bulging out or buckling inward, mortar erosion, as well as cracks in the stone or mortar. While reverberations from roadways contribute somewhat to foundation degradation, the biggest threat to the condition of a stone foundation remains water damage. If left unchecked, water can seep into basements, promote the growth of mold and mildew, and ruin your furnishings. Water leads to damage in two major ways. First, water from clogged gutters spills over the roofline, splashing against the stone foundation. As the rain continues, water pools around the foundation of the house. Just as water causes erosion in the natural world, water works its way into the nooks and crannies and eats away at the stone and mortar. Flagstones become loose as the surrounding mortal weakens, creating space for water to enter the home. Second, water from the roofline seeps into the soil surrounding the foundation. Once the cold comes around, the water freezes, causing the soil to expand and exert pressure against the walls. The foundation buckles and cracks against this force. The common sign of trouble between the two water examples is the failure of the gutter to properly divert water away from the home.
  • Pre-Poured Concrete.
    • Pre-poured concrete slab foundations involve concrete panels that are prepared off-site and brought to the construction area, unlike poured concrete slab foundation designs. Pre-poured concrete can be used to create foundations with basements. Much like the poured concrete foundations, these slabs are porous and are at risk of potential issues of water intrusion and expansion, which can cause cracks in the foundation and break down the concrete.
  • Concrete Masonry Units.
    • Concrete masonry unit foundations are made of cinder blocks joined together by mortar. Just like other concrete foundations, masonry units suffer when water collects around them. Water erodes the material while expanding moist soil pushes against the walls, creating cracks.
  • Below-Grade ICF Walls.
    • Insulating concrete forms (ICFs) are sections of reinforced concrete sandwiched between two panels of insulating material. The insulating material is typically polystyrene foam blocks which provide good thermal regulation. What makes below-grade ICF walls notable is that they require additional waterproofing measures like protective coverings and proper drainage systems to prevent water from permeating the foundation slabs. Without these measures, water can penetrate and enter the home. Due to the insulating layer, any hairline cracks or entry points in the concrete remain undetected, and finding them is an expensive and time intensive process. The interior space where the water originates from may not even be the location of the damage in the concrete. Whether the below grade ICF has a water resistant layer or not, the addition of a drainage system is massively helpful in avoiding water damage from roof leaks. In combination with french drains or dimple drains, ensuring that your gutters aren’t clogged and divert the water from the home helps save your foundation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it worth it to fix foundation on a house?
Foundation problems only worsen over time and could get more expensive as time goes on. Foundation issues can also be unsafe, so it is best to handle any signs of damage as soon as possible.

What are signs of foundation issues?
Cracks in the foundation, uneven floors, and vertical cracks are some of the most common signs of damage. They can occur for a variety of reasons including, intrusion, poorly installed footers, improperly sealed basement windows, poor construction materials, excessive moisture, dry rot, and mold.

How do you fix the foundation of a house?
Foundations are made of different materials depending on their purpose. A basement foundation is usually poured concrete. An above-ground slab is usually poured concrete as well, but also includes some other materials such as brick and stone. Foundation walls are built using bricks, stones, cement, wood, steel, etc. They are used for both exterior and interior walls Check with a professional if you are unsure of the type of repairs you may need..

What is the Cost of Foundation Repairs?
Can you fix foundation problems yourself? Depending on the extent of the problem, you may be able to fix the issue yourself. In many cases hiring a professional is the best option. The average cost of repairing a foundation is $2,000-$5,000. If the damage is extensive, it could cost more than $10,000.

Do Gutters Cause Foundation Damage?

Ensuring water is carried away from the home is the best preventative measure against water damage. Gutters clogged with debris prevent this from happening, causing water to spill over the gutters and collect around the foundation. For this reason, clogged gutters are the hidden culprit behind many drainage issues around the foundation of your home.

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