How To Take Care Of Your Home Foundation

Needless to say, the foundation of your home is key to maintaining the structural integrity of the building. If the foundation suffers a damage, the rest of the house will inevitably suffer the same damages too. Therefore, as the owner of your home, you need to make sure that the foundation is well tended to always given a priority. Here are some of the ways in which you can take care of your foundation.

Do a little summer inspection

During the summer months, walk around the foundation and make sure that you keep an eye out for any cracks, any areas that may need sealant or maybe a trail of insects who could get inside the foundation and damage it. If you see any of these things, make sure that you either take measures to stop the damage from spreading any more than it has already or make sure that you call for help from the right professional service who can prevent the issue from getting worse. However, whatever you do, keeping a close eye on the condition of your foundation regularly is a must.

Maintain consistent moisture

The moisture around your foundation should not have wildly fluctuating moisture levels regularly. If they get too dry or too moist the foundation will expand and contract accordingly and if this keeps happening on a daily or regular basis you will begin to see that the walls of your home are starting to crack. It is expensive and sometimes very challenging to control the level of moisture in the areas around your foundation and you will most certainly need professional help. If you notice an area that has heavy damage use packaging tape immediately and call the pros so that they can come and try to give you an alternative and permanent solution.

Large trees and foundations are not best friends

The closer you plant a large tree to your foundation, the bigger the damage that there will be. Large roots will suck up all the water out of the soil around them making the foundation area dry. Not to mention the fact that they can spread far and wide and seep into the foundation causing structural damage. Therefore, depending on the kind of trees you plant, keep them a good 30’ away from the foundation if possible. You can ask the nursery owner when you first buy plants so that they can advise you on what is a suitable choice and what you must avoid. If you have a small area of land, reduce the number of large trees you want to grow and focus on mid to small sized ones.

Writen by Stefan Rosales