Water damage to the foundations of your home can be a serious issue. The damage can quickly spread to other areas of the building and lead to some very costly repairs. If a home has not been built upon a solid foundation or the foundations are not properly maintained, this can result in cracks, leaks or even subsidence.
It is vital that you inspect the foundations of any property before purchase and it is also important that you do all that you can to protect your property from any future damage. Here are three tips from the experts at Screwfast Foundations Limited about how to protect the foundations of your home…
- Inspect the property
Inspect your property boundaries and check that the ground slopes away from your foundation. This will ensure that any water on the ground flows away from your home, instead of pooling near your property and seeping into the foundations. If water is pooling around your home, try to remove the water and fill or level those areas using dirt or gravel. It is also important to look for cracks or signs of water damage in the walls of your property.
- Drains & Gutters
Ensure you have a well maintained drainage system and make sure you clear away any debris that may have collected in your gutters on a regular basis. This will ensure that water flows through them effectively and is correctly routed away from your foundation. Whilst cleaning your gutters it is also a good idea to inspect them for any cracks or leaks.
During the dry summer months it is important to keep the land around your property moist to prevent the soil from drying up and shrinking. This can lead to movements in your foundation and cause cracks in your walls or paving. One of the best ways to maintain an optimal level of moisture in the land around your home is to use a hose or sprinkler system to water the grass in your garden. It is also recommended that you avoid planting trees too close to your property, as tree roots can cause major damage to the foundations of a property.