The last thing that any home owner needs is problems with their foundation. Any home large or small, new construction or old, can develop problems with the foundation. You want to prevent any problems from arising in order to dodge thousands of dollars in repairs, so here are four tips on how to keep your foundation in check.
Keep the perimeter of your home free of pooling water.
One of the biggest problems but easiest to spot and fix. Look for any major pools of water forming against your foundation. Check around gutters downspouts and also on side of your house that are on a high side of a hill. If you find any trouble spots fill them in with topsoil and level them sloping away from your house. Pooling water can soak the soil around your foundation, causing large amounts of pressure and cracking. Also if there is much water and it can soak though causing a multitude of other issues.
Check the downspouts of your home.
One of the easiest things to neglect is the gutter system of your home. Make sure they are free of clogs and flowing correctly from your gutters. You also want your downspouts pointing away and downhill from your home in order not to attribute any excess water to the perimeter of your house. A good rule of thumb is to check your gutters twice a year.
Keep your foundation hydrated.
Foundations need a little bit of moisture in order to not crack and erode. One way of keeping your foundation properly moisturized is to landscape or at least add mulch to the entire perimeter of your home. Mulch holds in moisture and keeps the soil next to your foundation well conditioned. This comes in handy during dry seasons when there is less rainfall. Mulch helps keep what water that is there retained in the soil below.
Be conscious of trees planted near the foundation.
Trees pose two different problems for foundations. 1. Trees roots can cause erosion or put unnecessary pressure on the side of your foundation. 2. Trees can pull moisture away and too much of that can dry out your foundation and cause cracking. The minimum distance for trees to be planted form the home is 20 feet. To also protect your roof from damage, it is recommend not to plant tall trees near the home at all. As the saying goes, “its not if a tree will fall, its when!”