The foundation of your home is one of the most often forgotten but incredibly important parts of the building. Without it, there would be no house. So you have to put in the work to keep your foundation in good repair. Part of the work will be in performing foundation repair, to correct any damage, like wall cracks, that already exists. The other work will be in preventing further damage, through waterproofing and/or maintenance. Read on for some great tips for protecting your home’s foundation.
Check For And Repair Cracks
Cracking is one of the biggest signs that you need foundation repair. You should inspect your foundation yearly, and the spring or even the summer is a great time to do it. Simple surface cracks are less worrisome than deep cracks, but either way, you should call in a professional if you see them. The simple cracks may be able to just be patched, but large or deep cracks might need serious repair.
Clean Out Your Gutters
One of the best things that you can do to protect your foundation is to understand how water gets into your basement so that you can stop it. Clogged gutters and downspouts are one of the leading offenders when it comes to water draining down into your basement and through your foundation. If you clean them out, it can go a long way towards keeping that water out. This should be done at least yearly, and it is best done at the beginning of winter and again at the beginning of summer.
Even if you’ve never seen water or flooding in your basement, if you have signs of mold, that is a key indicator that water is getting in and doing damage. Professional waterproofers can come in and set up a drain system that keeps your basement dry and safe, and it likely won’t cost as much as you fear.
Check Your Grading
Finally, one other thing you should check is the grading around your home. You want the land to be graded away from the foundation so that water runs away instead of toward the house. If the grading is wrong or if the home has settled oddly and created pooling spots, a professional will need to tell you the best course of action to fix it. Re-grading your landscape is a big, and often expensive undertaking, and not typically something you should be DIYing.
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