Hydrostatic Pressure and the Effects On Your Home's Foundation

If you have noticed bowing or cracking of your Davenport home's basement walls, hydrostatic pressure may be to blame. Here at MidAmerica Basement Systems, we have seen many homes suffer damage of this type, and we have the skills and experience to repair any kind of basement or foundation issues. We can spot the signs of hydrostatic pressure damage on your basement or foundation walls, and recommend the best repair options for your home. But first, what is hydrostatic pressure? And how does it threaten your home’s stability?

Symptoms of Hydrostatic Pressure

When moisture accumulates in the soil surrounding your home, it causes that soil to grow heavier and expand, placing inward hydrostatic pressure on your basement walls. The deeper your foundation and the wetter the soil, the more pressure is exerted. Sometimes, the pressure is strong enough to cause shifting, bowing, cracking, or bulging of the concrete, reducing the structural integrity over time. Many homes, but particularly those that are over a decade old and/or situated near a floodplain, are susceptible to foundation and basement wall damage from hydrostatic pressure in the area. Thankfully, our Davenport crew of basement specialists can address these issues and restabilize your home through a variety of time-tested techniques.

Anytime we build a home, and dig out a foundation, we block the natural flow of water. Add things like older porous concrete, lots of precipitation, poor drainage, or other hazards, and you’ve got major damage on your hands. If your home was built recently, or you’re not situated on a floodplain or hillside, it may be able to withstand the pressure...for a while anyway. But whether your home is old or new, it’s important to check for leaking, bowing, or cracking of your basement walls or other signs of hydrostatic pressure damage. If you do notice any of these symptoms, our Davenport area specialists are only a call away. The sooner you address the issue, the better! Reach out to us for your free estimate today. 

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