Did you know there are many things you can do to save big money with a little preventative maintenance? We love our clients and the work we do, but we don’t want to see anyone spending their money fixing issues that could have been prevented in the first place. Now that birds are chirping, thunderstorms are rolling in and things are warming up. It’s time to think about springtime home maintenance again.
There are several simple things we as homeowners can do to help prevent headaches down the road:
- Keep it flowing: Clean your gutters and downspouts as well as drains/drainage pipes routinely.
- Inspect home foundations and crawl spaces for cracks or signs of water infiltration or other issues.
- Check retaining walls for cracking, leaning or other signs of failure.
- Check that your sump pump is plugged in and functioning appropriately.
- Note that the grading of your yard should allow for water to run away from foundation not puddle alongside it.
- Make sure that your landscaping is at least 6″below your siding, otherwise you may be inviting insects and moisture into your home over your foundation wall.
It’s always best to get ahead of these things; do not wait until the problem becomes so huge you cannot ignore it. Allowing moisture to continue to infiltrate the home can cause major structural issues as well as lead to potential health hazards, like mold growth.
Be an investigator
Observe your drainage systems at work, notice where your water is going or pooling. Address any concerns as they arise versus waiting until the last minute because contractors generally schedule out months at a time.
You can save big money with a little preventative maintenance by taking care of foundation/drainage issues early.
If you know you have foundation cracks that are leaking, mark on the walls with a sharpie the exact location and the date of the leak. Then reach out to an licensed structural engineer to determine the best path forward. Or, if you aren’t having water intrusion issues in your home, but your yard looks like this: