May 11, 2012

Summer Foundation Checklist

Summer is right around the corner! This means more time outside, the occasional summer storm and hot weather. 

These dramatic weather changes can spell trouble for your foundation. So, here's a quick checklist to help you protect your home from seasonal changes in the weather and soil.

Check the grade surrounding your home. The soil should slope away from your home since it will help drain any water away from your home. If you're installing a slope then make sure to compact the dirt and never use mulch. Not only will mulch let the water seep into the ground next to your foundation but it also invites termites in! 

Check for leaks. Fix any leaky faucets, and route downspouts and condensation lines away from your home. The water from these could create problems with expansive soil, which could cause cracked bricks, foundation cracks and settlement issues.

Seal up your crawl space! Close vents and shut crawl space doors. The best way to protect your home is to encapsulate your crawl space. However you can help minimize problems by closing up the vents and door.

Don't plant next to your foundation. Watering your plants can lead to some settlement issues. If your sprinklers currently point towards your house, make sure that the water doesn't land within 6 feet of your foundation. This will help minimize settlement and expansive soil problems. 

If you find foundation any foundation problems like brick cracks, bowed basement walls, or concrete cracks then it's time to call a foundation repair expert