Excerpt: The health of your plumbing plays a vital role in the health of your foundation. Check out this article to find out more about how your plumbing affects your foundation and vice versa.
Foundation problems can be caused by many factors, of which water is often the most common. Whether plumbing problems have led to foundation failure or you are concerned about how to maintain your newly-repaired foundation in Dallas, understanding the link between your home’s foundation and your plumbing is important. Caring for your home’s plumbing and taking steps to address leaks and other plumbing issues quickly is one of the best things you can do for your home’s foundation.
Plumbing Problems and Foundation Damage
Plumbing problems are often the cause of foundation damage. Whether you experience a large leak or a small one, water that pools around your foundation can affect both the foundation itself and the ground it sits upon. Moisture causes the materials of your foundation to deteriorate and changes the properties of the soil around your home, leading to issues such as cracking, crumbling, and settling of the foundation. Even if your plumbing problems aren’t near the ground floor of your home, water can seep down through walls to the lower levels and still affect your foundation and basement. Sprinkler system and sewer line leaks in your yard can also cause changes in the soil or allow excessive water to pool around your foundation, leading to damage that must be repaired. Thus, it is vital that you diagnose and address plumbing issues quickly, regardless of whether they are large or small, to protect your foundation from water damage.
Foundation Repair and Your Plumbing
Even if you have not had any problems with your plumbing, foundation repair is a great indicator that you should have a professional inspect your home’s plumbing system as well. Periodic plumbing inspections will ensure that all your pipes are in good condition and that small leaks don’t go unnoticed over time. If your pipes are at risk for future problems due to their age, it can be worthwhile to take steps now to reinforce them and prevent leaks and burst pipes that could affect the integrity of your foundation repairs in the future. Additionally, foundation repairs can have an effect on your plumbing—if your home’s foundation has been raised or leveled, it may place stress on plumbing pipes that have settled with a damaged foundation. Because plumbing pipes are not flexible, it’s important to have them checked and any changes or repairs made if your pipes have been affected by your foundation repair work.
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