4 Easy Ways to Maintain Your Foundation this Spring
As springtime rolls around in the Kansas City area, so does an influx of wet weather. Of course, with heavier rains in the forecast, you might be concerned about water ending up in your basement. The last thing that you want is to find your basement has flooded. It’s both a hassle and an expense that you don’t want to deal with. This is why the integrity of your foundation is so important! You want to be able to feel confident that your property can withstand the weather and avoid water damage. In order to gain that confidence, you should take some precautions now. Here are 4 simple things that you can do to protect your foundation this spring.
1. Check Your Gutters and Downspouts
You may be surprised to learn just how many issues your gutters and downspouts can cause when it comes to your home’s foundation. Over the winter, leaves and other debris can collect in and clog your gutters. When this happens, it prevents water from draining away from the house. This can lead to water pooling at the foundation, putting you at risk for water in your basement. Set a recurring appointment on your calendar to clean these out late Fall or early Spring. You can also install gutter guards to protect your gutters from getting clogged. Taking these measures will help to protect your foundation.
2. Check for Cracks
Cracks are another potential sign that you have a problem with your foundation. Now is a great time to inspect both your foundation, both inside and out, to look for cracks that need repair in order to prevent water seepage into your basement. While some cracks can be fixed with simple crack repair, others might indicate a larger problem with your foundation that will need to be fixed. The sooner that you can get a foundation professional out to inspect your cracks, the better.
3. Check your Grading
It’s not uncommon for water problems to end up being an issue with your yard. That’s why you should take a look at the grading and sloping of your property. Is it sloped in a way that it is directing water away from the home? Or is the slope actually causing water to pool at your foundation? Sometimes landscaping changes, such as the addition of a hardscaping project (like a new patio) can alter the grading of your property. Some landscape contractors fail to think about drainage solutions at the time of the build. Unfortunately, this can lead to some serious headaches for a homeowner. Improper drainage can cause major water damage to your home’s foundation. If you have a grading problem, you may be putting your home at risk of flooding.
4. Check in with a Pro
When in doubt about any of these issues, it may be time to talk to a professional foundation repair and waterproofing company. At Foundation King, our professional evaluators can perform an thorough inspection of your property and ensure that it is in good shape to withstand seasonal weather and avoid future problems. Of course, if they spot a concern, they can help you address it early—instead of waiting until it’s a much more serious (and costly) issue. When it comes to something as important as the integrity of your foundation, there is no time to waste. You deserve the peace of mind that your foundation is protected from damage so that you can get back to welcoming the Spring (and the warmer days ahead)—not fearing its weather. Contact us TODAY for a free estimate!
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