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Tips for Maintaining Your Home’s Foundation

  • Monitor Drainage: It is important to review the drainage pattern around your home during rains. This will give you a great idea about where water is standing and needing to be channeled. Adding gutters and/or extra drainage to your home are both always in the best interests of the foundation.
  • Balance Grading: Make certain the ground, grass, or flowerbeds are graded away from the house. Balancing moisture is key and maintaining proper lot drainage is absolutely important!
  • Repair known plumbing issues. Because most plumbing systems are routed directly through or under the slab, any plumbing issue can directly impact your home’s foundation. Have your plumbing and irrigation inspected every few years to catch hidden problems early. 
  • Plant carefully: Plant new shrubs or trees at least 2 feet away from the foundation. Planting too close to the foundation can cause excessive upward or downward movement, depending on what is planted.
  • Watch those roots: A little sapling can have enormous roots within a few years.  Installing a  root barrier may be needed if mature trees and shrubs are an issue.
  • Repair Existing Cracks: Any visible crack in the slab over 1 millimeter should be filled with mortar, silicon or another concrete crack sealing agent. These types of cracks may not call for full foundation repair services but their reoccurrence is a sign the foundation is moving. If these cracks are sealed, future issues may be avoided, but if they continue to form you should contact us so we can check the slab for failure.
  • Water, water, water: Water your yard around the foundation. Without natural rainfall, a home's foundation shoudl be watered on its perimeter at least 2 times a week.