How to Conduct a Foundation Check-up

The foundation of your home is designed to withstand immense forces while keeping your home dry and structurally sound. These thick concrete walls deliver on that promise year after year of the deep freeze of Wisconsin winters, and the frequently intense rainfall of Wisconsin summers. Combined with an effective drain tile system and exterior grading to remove water from the foundation walls, you can expect many years of low-maintenance service from your home’s foundation. However, as homes age, the foundation walls often can break down and become weakened, leading to leaks, moisture, and eventually, structural damage that can affect the overall integrity of the building. When you find yourself in need of foundation repair in Milwaukee, New Berlin, and Madison, look no further than the experts at the IHN Company.

You may ask: “How do I know if my foundation is in need of repair before it’s too late?” There are several signs you can easily identify that will tip you off and let you know that it’s time to contact the foundation repair experts. Read on to learn now to give your foundation a quick checkup.

Look for cracks in your foundation

Vertical or horizontal cracks in the surface of either poured concrete or cinder block foundation walls are a warning sign. This is evidence that the water may be infiltrating the walls, or that the foundation has shifted position. In any case, you should immediately contact your experts at the IHN Company for a professional evaluation.

Examine the corners of your basement

Your basement floor should be dry to the touch at all times. Often, poor drainage or water infiltration can be evidenced by moisture in the corners. If you see dark, slightly damp patches in your concrete basement corners, you may have a problem with either the walls or drain tile that will continue to accelerate if not dealt with. In the case of a finished basement, if you detect a musty odor or damp feeling in the corners, the problem is especially critical, since it could easily result in mold in your home. Call IHN today in these cases for our expert evaluation.

Don’t ignore water seepage in the basement

Many homeowners will write off some water leakage in their basement as no big deal. Even if you just have a trickle of water coming in after a particularly heavy rain, it could be a sign of large-scale structural damage to the building’s foundation. Don’t ignore it and end up with a major problem to your home or your family’s health later.

Need foundation repair for your home?

The IHN Company are your foundation repair experts in the Milwaukee, New Berlin, and Madison areas. Contact us today for an estimate, and let us get your basement back to being dry, safe and comfortable. Call us today at 262-691-0402 or visit our website for more information.

Milwaukee Foundation Maintenance

IHN Company is your source for foundation maintenance and repair in Milwaukee, yet we want you to know what you can to do avoid problems in the first place. Often the right prevention measures can help you avoid unnecessary repairs and the risk of water in your property.

When it comes to foundation maintenance, Milwaukee property owners can tackle much of the job themselves, if they have the right knowledge. Maintenance is necessary on both the interior and the exterior of the building in order to maintain the foundation well.

Exterior Foundation Maintenance: Milwaukee Best Practices
Exterior maintenance focuses on keeping water flowing away from the foundation. You can do several things to ensure that this happens, such as:

  • Pitch all grading around the building away from the building, aiming for two inches per 10 feet.
  • Run downspout and gutter extensions at least five feet away from the building.
  • Pitch all concrete surface areas, including driveways, away from the building.
  • Clear out and maintaining downspouts.
  • Grade the yard to help water drain as quickly as possible.

Interior Foundation Maintenance: Milwaukee Best Practices
For complete foundation maintenance, Milwaukee area property owners must also look inside their buildings. Your goal with interior maintenance is to ensure that any moisture that comes into the building is removed promptly. To do this, you can:

  • Maintain the sump pump, checking for proper operation.
  • Open the Palmer Valve, keeping it clear so it can properly drain.
  • Test to see that the sewer lateral to the street is clear of debris and flowing freely.
  • Run your basement dehumidifier at all times during the humid months from May through December.

If you need any help with foundation maintenance in Milwaukee and the surrounding communities, IHN Company is ready to help. Give us a call at 262-785-9080 to discuss your foundation maintenance needs or to get a quote for Milwaukee foundation repair services.