Most Quebec homeowners understand the various weather conditions that foundations have to withstand all year round, but are they aware of the damage that can be caused by extreme natural events such as flooding?
Since many homes are flooded each spring when the water rises, it is worth considering the effects that this flooding has on foundations.
How does flooding damage your foundation?
Flooding can damage your foundation in several ways, from the force of water or ice blocks that exert high pressure on it to water infiltration that can cause or widen cracks in the concrete. Both types of damage weaken the structural integrity of your home and make it more vulnerable to the elements.
The force generated by water puts enormous pressure on foundations
The force of floodwater, ice and debris hitting your home can be enough to weaken the entire structure or even separate the walls from your foundation. Even foundation stakes buried deep in the ground are not safe from flash flooding. When water rushes in, it can create instability, which causes the stakes to move or even break under pressure.
Flooding can create or expand cracks in foundations
Small cracks naturally form over time due to changes in humidity and temperature, but an extreme force like that generated by floodwater can cause or aggravate existing cracks. Foundation cracks will let cold air and moisture into your home, damaging wall and floor materials, ruining electrical components and promoting the growth of mould in your living space. More seriously, large cracks can cause structural instability to your home.
Identifying foundation damage caused by flooding
It may not always be clear whether the foundations of a building have been damaged by flooding. Although it is always better to have them inspected by a professional after a flood, there are still signs that you can check for yourself.
If a flood occurs, look for cracks in door and window frames or check if the doors and windows no longer open and close properly. These may be signs that the foundations have been affected.
Inspect your walls, ceilings, and concrete floors for new cracks. Also, walk on your floor to see if it has a slope. Finally, look for cracks in the foundations outside your home.
What should you do if you notice damage from the flooding?
Since it is largely hidden in the ground, you can easily overlook your foundation. However, its structural integrity should be at the forefront of your concerns in the wake of a flood. To ensure the safety of you and your family, take the time to periodically check the condition of your foundations and call specialists if you notice any anomalies.
If you see any signs of damage to your foundation, don’t hesitate to call the professionals at Foundation Crack Expert Group! Contact us today to schedule an inspection.