Is it really time for home maintenance again? Fall is just around the corner and before you know it winter will be knocking on the door.   This time of year is a great time to take inventory of home maintenance related projects in need of tackling. A little routine upkeep can go a long way to help prevent problems in the future.

Cleaning Gutters
With trees starting to loose their leaves it is very important to make sure that gutters remain clean and clear.  Leaves, twigs and debris often times clog gutters. This has the potential to keep them from directing water to the downspouts for proper drainage. Buildup can lead to overflowing gutters in areas not meant to accommodate excess water.

Keep Downspouts Clean
Downspouts are designed to direct the water collected by the gutters away from your foundation for proper drainage. Clogged downspouts and build up of debris can cause a backup or overflow of the gutters, again impeding the appropriate drainage, potentially allowing for water to puddle around the foundation in areas not designed to appropriately absorb excess water.

Clean Drains/Drainage pipes
Make sure drainage pipes/drains are kept clean and clear of leaves, debris and yard waste.  Keep in mind that if water is unable to drain as intended it will find another route. This can cause unwanted  erosion as well as the potential of making its way toward your homes foundation.

Appropriate Spacing Between Soil and Your Home’s Facade
There should be at least 6″- 8″ of foundation visible between the soil surrounding your foundation and the start of your homes siding or brick.  Anything less can contribute to foundation issues by allowing water to infiltrate your homes siding/brick and/or basement.

Grading of yard
Water should run away from your foundation not puddle along side it. If  your yard slopes toward your home, this may be something to consider modifying.  All yards should slope away from homes 6″ within the first 10′ of the house.

If you have experienced any leaks in your foundation over the last several months, be sure to get those checked out sooner rather than later.  Please keep in mind you should contact a structural engineer prior to tackling any foundation repair projects.