The foundation is one of the most important structural components of your home. As a result, you should learn how to properly take care of it. By doing so, you will not only prevent your home from becoming seriously damaged, but also avoid having to pay for extensive foundation repair costs in the future. For some helpful information on maintaining your home’s foundation, read through the brief guide below:
Keep Soil Moist
During times of drought, the soil around homes can dry out and contract, causing foundations to crack. This problem can be avoided, however, by keeping the ground evenly moist. Starting in the springtime, water the soil regularly two to three feet from your house using a soaker hose. If there has been steady rainfall in your area, stop your watering routine temporarily, as too much moisture can also cause foundation problems.
Specific types of trees and shrubs planted closely to the house can leech water from the soil. Over time, this can cause the ground to dry out and make the foundation crack or cave in. Because of this fact, you should talk to a foundation repair company and determine if any of your plants might cause foundation problems in the future. If a plant is a potential threat, have it removed or replanted in a more suitable place.
Allow Proper Drainage
A leading cause of foundation damage is poor drainage. When it rains, water collects around the home and the foundation starts to swell, leading to cracking and other problems. To prevent this from happening and to keep your foundation in great condition, make sure the ground around your home slopes away from the building so that water can drain properly. Also, ensure that downspouts do not drain too close to the foundation.
To learn more about caring for your home’s foundation, talk to the experts at Structured Foundation Repairs, Inc. We are committed to providing accurate assessments and timely repairs, so make an appointment today by calling (972) 484-1200.