As springtime rolls around, so does an influx of wet weather. Of course, with heavier rains in the forecast, you might be concerned about water ending up in your basement. The last thing that you want is to find out your basement has flooded. It’s both a hassle and an expense that you don’t want to deal with.
This is why the integrity of your foundation is so important.
You want to be able to feel confident that your property can withstand the weather and avoid water damage. In order to gain that confidence, you should take some precautions now. Here are 4 simple things that you can do to protect your foundation this spring.
1. Clean Your Gutters and Downspouts
You may be surprised to learn just how much havoc your gutters and downspouts can cause when it comes to your home’s foundation. Over the winter, leaves and other debris can collect in—and subsequently clog—your gutters. When this happens, it prevents water from draining away from the house. This can lead to water pooling at the foundation, putting you at risk for water in your basement. Set a recurring appointment on your calendar to clean these out late Fall or early Spring. You can also install “Gutter Guards” to protect your gutters from getting clog. Taking these measures will help to protect your foundation.
2. Check for Cracks
Cracks are another potential sign that you have a problem with your foundation. Now is a great time to inspect both your foundation, as well as your interior walls, and look for cracks that may require repair in order to prevent water seepage. While some cracks can be fixed with simple crack repair, others are indicative of a larger problem with your foundation that will need to be fixed. The sooner that you can get a foundation professional out to inspect the cracks, the better.
3. Look at Grading
It’s not uncommon for water problems to end up being an issue with your yard—not your foundation. That’s why you should take a look at the grading and sloping of your property. Is it sloped in a way that it is directing water away from the home? Or is the slope actually causing water to pool at your foundation?
Sometimes a change in the property, such as the addition of a hardscaping project (like a new patio) can alter the grading of your property. Some landscape contractors fail to think about drainage solutions at the time of the build. But this can lead to some serious headaches. Improper drainage can cause major water damage to your home’s foundation. If you have a grading problem, you may be putting your home at risk of flooding.
4. Talk to a Pro
When in doubt about any of these issues, it may be time to talk to a professional foundation repair and waterproofing company. A pro can perform an inspection of your property and ensure that it is in good shape to withstand seasonal weather and avoid future problems. Of course, if they spot a concern, they can address it early—instead of waiting until it’s a much more serious (and costly) issue.
When it comes to something as important as the integrity of your foundation, there is no time to waste. You deserve the peace of mind that your foundation is protected from damage so that you can get back to welcoming the Spring (and the warmer days ahead)—not fearing its weather.
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