Foundation damage can cause major structural problems, and fixing it can add up to a costly repair bill. Damage that occurs underground is a severe problem on its own, but related issues with the home above can compound the headache and the expense.
When you start to notice cracks and leaks, you likely already have a damaged foundation. While a professional
foundation repair company can fix most problems, taking preventive action makes sense for protecting your home and your wallet.
Keep water out to prevent damage
Most foundation damage shares a common culprit: water. In the soil surrounding your foundation, water can accumulate. Cracks begin to appear when water-laden soil presses against your foundation footings and walls. Consider these steps to keep destructive water away from your foundation.
Don’t plant trees — or other plants that will develop deep roots — in close proximity to your house. Trees whose branches touch your home are too close for comfort. In addition, don’t install berms or anything else that can act as a dam and pool water near your foundation.
Stop soil from drying
It may seem counterintuitive, but letting soil around your home dry out too much can cause problems. A strong rainstorm can saturate the soil, causing it to expand and stress your foundation. During dry periods, soak the dirt around your house six inches from the foundation.
To keep downspouts from dumping water on your foundation, extend them by 5 to 10 feet away from your home. Extenders are available in various styles. You also can drain water to a curb or another appropriate spot by burying a long downspout diverter.
Your yard’s grade should slope away from your home. If water pools near your home, you may have a negative grade, which directs water toward your foundation rather than away from it. Negative grades should be corrected to the need for major foundation repair.
Give attention to gutters
To promote proper yard drainage, be sure to keep your rain gutters clean and functioning correctly. Just an inch of rain can lead to 1,500 gallons of water hitting your roof, and your gutters are responsible for carrying it all away. If gutters are filled with leaves and other debris, the water runs over the edge and straight to your foundation.
Work with an experienced foundation repair company
If you suspect that your home may already have foundation damage, contact Edens Structural Solutions for a free consultation. Our professional team will conduct an assessment, answer your questions and work with you to develop an action plan for foundation repair.