How to Maintain Your Home Foundation
Probably the most important part of your home is the foundation. Without a solid foundation, everything from your walls to your roof would be at risk of structural damage. That is why it is important to make sure that your foundation is in good condition. Here are some maintenance tips that you can use to take care of your home foundation.
Check the Drainage
One of the biggest risks to the quality of your foundation is water damage. And the tricky thing is that water accumulation can come from many sources, such as leaks in the basement, but the bulk of it comes down to proper drainage. It’s important to check that your gutters and downspouts are carrying water away from your house and not letting it pool back against your foundation. There are many ways to fix it if there is a problem, for example you can get your gutters fixed or have your downspouts extended, or even change the soil around your house.
Fill in Cracks
The next thing you should check for is cracks in your foundation. If you see any minor crack in your basement floor or walls, then they can be easily filled in. however, it’s important to keep in mind that you shouldn’t take cracks lightly. Sometimes, small cracks are just an indication of the natural settling of your house. But there are other cases where a crack could mean a serious problem in your foundation.
Tame the Foliage
Landscaping may add to your home’s curb appeal, but is it costing the foundation? Be careful of having large plants like trees and shrubs too close to your house. Trees have a surprisingly large root structure, which can make them even bigger beneath the soil than they appear above ground. And many woody plants are known for growing with a slow determination that lets their roots push through even the strongest materials. It’s not unlikely for a tree next to your home to work its roots into your foundation and weaken it.
At the end of the day, the best way to take care of your foundation is to have an expert look at it. Foundation professionals will be able to answer all of your questions about water damage and cracks. And the right professional will not only be able to spot problems in your foundation but they can also offer the best methods to repair these issues.
Contact All Aspects Waterproofing for Your Foundation Inspection!
If you are ready to get a professional to waterproof your home’s basement, contact All Aspects Waterproofing, a Better Business Bureau A+ rated company with over 30 years of experience in the Washington, DC./Maryland/Virginia area. We have a great deal of experience in waterproofing, mold testing, and mold remediation, and we want to make you feel at home again. Contact us online or by calling 1-866-999-3110 or 301-766-4420. To see what we’re up to, follow us on Facebook,Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Houzz.