Diamond Certified Experts: Identifying Signs of Water Intrusion

Host, Sarah Rutan: Following heavy rains, it’s a good idea to inspect your home’s foundation and crawlspace for signs of water intrusion. Today we’re in Oakland with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Jeremey Ke of All Seasons Construction to learn what to look for.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Jeremey Ke: Groundwater issues are a major concern in the Oakland and Berkeley area. We get a lot of water in our hills that saturate the ground, and that water wants to make its way through the ground, out to the Bay eventually. On its way, it often encounters a lot of home foundations and makes its way through the foundation and into the crawlspace. And over time, this could be a major concern for damage to your crawlspace and damage to your foundation.

We strongly recommend that homeowners, after heavy periods of rain, do an inspection of their foundation and crawlspace, and look for signs of water intrusion. And those signs may be white effervescence that makes its way around the perimeter of the foundation but also on the crawlspace itself. You may see cracks in the ground, in the foundation, that show that the water has saturated during heavy periods of rain, but later dries out, leaving cracks looking like a riverbed. Sometimes in the home, you get a musty smell from wet earth under your home.

These are all issues that you have water coming into your crawlspace, through your foundation, and indications that you want to have a professional come out and take a look at your home. And oftentimes, these can be remedied just by a French drain on two sides of your home, preventing water from intruding into your crawlspace.

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