Any homeowner can tell you it’s the most important part of any home. Although other aesthetic qualities matter, without a stable foundation, the house can quickly fall apart or sink into the mud. Because of this, you should learn how to take care of your home’s foundation.
When most homeowners think about its maintenance, they think walls, structure and cracks. However, many problems with it stem from moisture. Foundations can sink, rise, and shift as water levels change. This means controlling the water on your lot is often the best preventative measure.
Plant trees far away from the house
Trees like all living things require moisture to survive. Massive tree roots tend to suck the moisture out of the soil around your foundation and might damage it. To protect it, plant trees at least 15 to 30 feet away from your house — depending on the type of tree. Ask about the anticipated root size of your dream tree.
Do not let water collect near the house
It is crucial to avoid water collecting near the foundation. Once the soil absorbs water, it can expand dramatically, putting stress upon it. If you are facing this, ground drains are here to the rescue. These drains help move pooled water from surrounding areas to a discharge point elsewhere. Downspouts can direct rainwater away from the foundation as well.
Maintain the soil’s moisture levels all year round
Preventing house foundation problems is not just about reducing the moisture in your land. The ground needs to have the right amount of moisture. If the soil dries up, it can contract and cause other problems. Sprinkler systems can help prevent this.
Grade your soil often
Poor soil excavation can channel water towards the base of your house. Proper grading ensures that water cannot directly reach your foundation walls. The general rule in construction is to grade — slope your yard 6 inches for every 10 feet soil to slope away from your house.
Embed the foundation
Keeping the right amount of compacted soil around your foundation can help your soil retain moisture during the dry months. At Grand Homes, we advise that you embed your foundation up to 2 inches from the top of its slab.
Proper planning of concrete features
Water follows the slope. When building concrete features like driveways, sidewalks, and landscaping paths, they should slant away from the house. This technique ensures that the water does not pool near foundations.
Always pay keen attention to foundation cracks
Finally, if prevention fails and you see damage to your foundation, do not wait. The best solution is to call for an assessment and repairs right away. An expert can explain the extent of the damage and suggest more ways of keeping your foundation in shape.
Contact us at Grand Homes for more information on what to do if the damage has already occurred.