Foundation repairs can be extremely costly and disruptive, especially if the damage is extensive. Fortunately, most damage is related to water penetration and erosion, which can be prevented with a proactive approach and some professional expertise. Below are a few tips for protecting your foundation and basement from excessive moisture.
How to Prevent Foundation Damage
Identify Issues Early
Inspect your foundation at least once a year, looking for hairline cracks and misaligned sections of siding. In addition to existing damage, you should also check to ensure the exterior covering of your home is at least six inches above ground level. If not, water can get in through the top of the foundation and begin corroding it from the inside.
Direct Water Away From the Foundation
Rainwater pooling around the foundation is a common cause of damage and avoidable repairs. To keep your residence dry, landscape so the ground slopes away from the house, fill any low spots, and clear your gutters and downspouts at least twice a year.
Furthermore, bushes and vines growing too close to the building can restrict the flow of air and trap moisture against the foundation. Trim these plants as part of your regular yard work, or remove them completely to control the flow of water around your foundation.
Have Damage Fixed Immediately
As soon as you notice cracks in the basement wall or moisture gathering on the floor, call a foundation repair specialist as soon as possible. In many cases, they can provide solutions to mitigate the problem and prevent further damage from developing.
With locations in Lexington and Louisville, KY, and West Chester, OH, The Dwyer Company is one of the nation’s largest and most experienced foundation repair and soil stabilization specialists. Their highly trained technicians have access to some of the most advanced techniques and technologies in the industry and offer solutions for almost any issue. To speak with a team member, call Louisville at (502) 489-5438, Lexington at (859) 231-0998, or the West Chester office at (513) 777-0998. To request a quote, visit their website now.