April showers bring May flowers, but they can also cause severe water damage if the proper precautions are not taken. Re-routing water runoff away from your houses foundation can prevent everything from a wet basement to structural failure.
If your basement is taking on water:
1. Find out why and where the water is entering your house and correct the problem.
2. Areas of negative drainage should be corrected before moisture intrusion causes structural damage.
3. Re-pitch any areas of negative drainage away from your foundation be either adding or removing dirt.
4. Extend downspouts away from your foundation and re-route water runoff to lower laying areas.
Moisture intrusion can effect the ability of the soil beneath the foundation to carry the weight of the structure above and may cause structural damage from soil movement.
If you have taken these precautions and still have water intrusion, you should consult a professional and take the necessary steps to waterproof your homes foundation.
From the American Red Cross:
Water expands as it freezes. This expansion puts extreme pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor water faucets, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets. Also, pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are also subject to freezing.
Annual maintenance of your furnace will extend the life of your equipment. Maybe if furnace had been serviced annually this problem would have been rectified before it looked like this. The condition of this unit is the result of air conditioner condensate overflowing and leaking within the unit. This type of problem will rot your unit from the inside out.