Is Water Damaging the Foundation of Your Augusta Home?
Moisture Retention in Concrete Slab Foundations of Augusta Homes
Many of the newly constructed and aging homes of Augusta have concrete slab foundations instead of crawl spaces. This base has become a standard in construction for its simplicity and less time spent constructing supports for the house and encasement for the crawlspace. However, for as less likely that groundwater can pool beneath your home like it can with the alternative, there are still potential water concerns for concrete slabs that every homeowner should know.
Identifying problems with your concrete slab and potential water damage that could affect your Augusta home, as a result, might seem more complicated than it is. Most residents can see the outside perimeter of their concrete slab, allowing you to see compromised areas. Our SERVPRO team has witnessed how water damage can adversely affect concrete, as it can do the same thing to blockwork foundations for basement walls in other areas.
As concrete remains perpetually exposed to groundwater and moisture, the slab itself begins to allow moisture penetration and absorption over time. Water saturation of your concrete foundation can cause multiple problems for your house if it does not get corrected. The first of these concerns is the degradation of the concrete itself over an extended period, eventually causing the solid slab to split, crack and separate from itself. A foundation split into two parts can cause significant structural concerns for the house sitting on top.
Moisture penetration can also lead to mold growth for the exposed flooring supports and main level structural elements near the damp base of your property. A spreading organism like this can pose potential health effects for exposed humans and pets and degrade and ruin construction materials hosting a colony.
Our SERVPRO professionals can help assess the situation with your concrete slab and offer diversion solutions for water and work to pull the moisture from this slab to prevent structural failures or microbial growth.
If you suspect water penetration and saturation of your concrete foundation, give our SERVPRO of Columbia County rapid response team a call today at (706) 868-5441.