While foundation repair is important in helping to prevent extensive damage to your home, simple steps can help you to prevent damage to your foundation in the first place. While circumstances may make foundation damage beyond your control, there are certain things you can do to protect your foundation, which can go a long way in helping you to prevent damage to your home’s foundation. Here are a few tips for steps you can take in order to maintain a healthy foundation in your home.
Prevent Water from Collecting
One of the most important things to look out for on your property is collecting water. If there are low areas on your property, you may notice water pooling in your yard or near your foundation. This can be problematic, as this water will seep into the soil causing it to become saturated. Saturated soil beneath your home can then lead this soil to shift, which can cause foundation damage. You will particularly want to look out for water pooling near you foundation, as this can put you at a greater risk for foundation damage. This pooling water indicates that you do not have proper draining on your property, and/or that you do not have sufficient grading to lead water away from your home. Depending on the severity of the problem, you could choose to have your property’s grading corrected in order to promote better draining, or you could have in-ground drains installed in problem areas to lead water away from your home and foundation.
Install a Moisture Barrier
If water is collecting near your foundation, and correcting the grading around your foundation is not an option, another option would be to have a moisture barrier installed around your foundation. Moisture barriers, that go at least five feet deep into the soil, can help to prevent moisture from going underneath your foundation and can help to maintain consistent soil moisture levels underneath your home. Having a moisture barrier installed around your home is a fairly simple task that can help to save you money and prevent damage to your home.
Find and Repair Cracks
Inspecting your foundation for cracks several times a year can go a long way in helping you to spot problems early with your foundation. This will allow you to find cracks early on and repair them before they become a bigger problem. However, in maintaining the health of your foundation, it can also be beneficial to have your foundation professionally inspected every few years. A professional will be able to discover foundation problems that you would not have been able to see during your inspections. Early discovery of foundation issues can help to prevent minor foundation problems from turning into major foundation damage.
Inspect Your Plumbing and Sprinkler Systems
Inspecting your plumbing and sprinkler systems at least once a year should be another important part of your foundation maintenance process. Plumbing leaks in your yard and underneath your home can prove to be catastrophic to your foundation. If left unchecked, this moisture can cause severe soil shifting underneath your home, which would result in extensive foundation damage. Thusly, inspecting your plumbing regularly can help you to find and fix a problem before it results in damage to your home’s foundation.
Foundation problems can become a nightmare for homeowners if the damage is severe enough to require extensive repair. However, taking a few steps to maintain the health of your foundation can go a long way in helping to prevent foundation damage to your home. Above are just a few of these steps that you can take to protect your home’s foundation, contact us to find out about more of the steps you can take to maintain the health of your home’s foundation, as well as to find out about foundation repair if you believe your foundation may have been damaged.