Water Seepage and Why it’s A Problem | Olson Foundation Repair

Water Seepage and Why it’s A Problem

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There is never a good time for water seepage in your home. It’s also one of the main causes of water damage and flooding in your home. Once your home has water seeping in or out, there will be damage.

Regardless of where it is happening, it should not be ignored. You need to contact a professional to find the leak and make repairs as soon as possible. Waiting will only make it worse.

Water Seepage and Why it’s A Problem

Water seepage in your home is not only a health hazard but it can cause a lot of expensive damage. The longer it is left alone, the bigger the problem becomes.

Causes of Water Seepage

Most water seepage is caused by leaks. This can come from a broken or leaking pipe in your bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, or outdoor faucet. It could also start with an appliance like your dishwasher, washing machine, or refrigerator.

It can start with a leak in the roof, a window that isn’t sealed or fitting properly, or holes or cracks around the home. Foundation cracks will allow water into your basement or crawlspace.

Drainage problems in your yard or garden can also cause water to pool up in places you can see it and make a real mess. It needs a place to go and that is usually into your foundation.

Health Concerns

If you have water or moisture problems, this can lead to mold and mildew. Once it starts to settle in, it can start to take over more and more space. This can not only trigger allergies or asthma but can make people sick if they inhale it for too long.

These spores will continue to grow and spread. It is difficult to get rid of the odor, as well. You will need to have the area repaired but also cleaned professionally to make sure the mold is all gone.

Structural Damage

Water seepage can do a lot of damage to the structure of your home. It will damage your roof, ceiling, walls, floors, foundation, and your belongings. You will see stains, streaks, and discoloration on the walls and your ceiling.

Depending on where the water seepage is, it can go undetected for a long time. All too often, by the time you start to see signs of damage, it can already be quite extensive.

Besides stains, look for warps or soft spots on the wall, ceiling, and floors. Drywall will absorb water and swell up, and likely eventually break away. This, along with mold will be a mess.

Of course, if these are left the damage will be worse. It can also affect the foundation and support beams. If the water seepage is allowed to get this far, the home may not be safe to live in.

What to Look For

Not all signs will be obvious. If you experience any of these signs, call us right away for an inspection.

  • Stains
  • Streaks
  • Smell of mold
  • Low water pressure
  • Damp patches
  • Soft spots on the floor or walls
  • Sagging ceilings
  • Peeling or blistered paint or wallpaper
  • Rusty pipes
  • Water puddles

Anything out of the ordinary that did not show up because of human error.

Water Seepage

If you are worried you might have water seepage or a slow leak somewhere, please call us here at Olson Foundation Repair right away. Water-damaged homes need to be repaired as soon as possible to prevent the damage from getting worse.

You can count on our team to handle any project with over three decades of experience serving the Kansas City Metro area.