There are many different expenses that can blindside a homeowner, however none are quite so frightening as the idea that there may be foundation issues that need to be taken care of. Foundation repair is often expensive, and yet it is utterly necessary to make sure your investment of your home, or your business, safe from absolute disaster. The good news is that there are many different strategies you can tackle in order to keep your property in good shape and increase your chances of avoiding all major foundation repair issues.
The first major step is to take care of your structure’s drainage situation. While rain gutters and downspouts may not seem like really serious home improvement to do items, the truth is that when these are not working properly, you are just inviting a flood of water around the foundation of your building.
This oversaturation of the soil around your home can cause shifting in the ground, which is exactly what causes foundation issues over the long-term. If you find the ground around your home does become over-saturated, the change in soil when it all dries out will be even more defined and extreme.
Keeping all your downspouts and gutters clean and working properly will help you to prevent one of the most common causes of foundation issues.
Another important step is to ensure proper grading around your home. This has nothing to do with a report card but it refers to the angle the ground around the foundation of your home. A good grade should have the ground sloping away from your building and should be around 3 to 5% in the immediate 10 to 15 feet surrounding your building.
The next step to keep your home’s foundation safe is making sure you stay aware and vigilant. Keep an eye out for new cracks appearing in your basement, or in the brickwork at the base of your building. There are other things that can cause cracks, but if you see cracks that are over 1/4 of an inch thick and if they seem to be appearing consistently then you need to call professional immediately.
Being vigilant also means watching out for water that seems to puddle around the foundation of your building. Any standing water around the base of your foundation can lead to disastrous results in the long-term health of your foundation.
Make sure you call your plumber at least once a year. Sometimes the damage to a foundation comes from leaking pipes and this can happen without any outward signs. By making sure your home undergoes a thorough yearly plumbing inspection, you are strongly reducing the chance of a more serious issue developing.
Sometimes of foundation repair issue is impossible to avoid, and it can be for reasons completely out of your control. However, by following the tips outlined in this article you are far more likely to avoid the worst-case scenario of needing some serious foundation repair work.