Four Things You Will Want To Check With Your Foundation Before Remodeling

Posted on: 20 April 2015


The foundation of your home is what supports the structure and may do other things if you have a basement, crawl space or a split-level home. The other features are to keep water out of your home and prevent erosion. All homes need to have some type of waterproofing system to protect them from being damaged.  This is why you want to have good waterproofing and drainage around your home. Here are four things that you will want to check around the foundation of your home:

1. Cracking From Mechanical Penetrations

Mechanical systems are often located in basements and crawl spaces. This means that they may have to exit your home through foundation walls. These penetrations in your foundation are vulnerable to cracking and can be the source of leaks in your basement. You will want to check your foundation wherever mechanical systems leave your home for cracks or leaks.

2. Condensation Problems On Foundation Walls

The waterproofing of your foundation is meant to keep water out of your home, but it does not address issues with condensation. This is why you may want to have an interior foundation drainage system installed in your home. This give water condensation on foundation walls a place to go and keep it out of any areas of your home.

3. The Smell Of Humidity In Your Home

Humidity in a crawl space or basement is another problem that can cause a musty smell in your home. There are a couple of things that you can do to combat this, such as using an air filtration system. You will also want to avoid using absorbent materials that can hold water and cause the humid smells. Ensure that areas like basements have good ventilations to keep humidity problems under control.

4. Obvious Leaks And Foundation Damage That Need Repairs

Another problem that you may need to address is obvious foundation problems and leaks in walls. This can be due to things like cracks, structural problems due to footings and erosion or because of outdated waterproofing, that is failing. These are problems that you will want to have repaired before you begin remodeling your basement. If you have an old asphalt waterproofing, you may want to consider having it replaced if you are investing in remodeling your basement.

These are some of the things that you will want to check around the foundation of your home. If your home has one of these problems with the foundation, contact a basement remodeling contractor such as Property Service Agency LLC to get the help you need repairing your foundation and remodeling your basement.