Fall Foundation Tips
By following some simple tips this fall, you can help to prevent a lot of expensive foundation repairs down the road. With winter just around the corner, it is time to guard against cold weather hazards that may affect your foundation.
Avoid Water-Related Foundation Issues
Water can cause all sorts of trouble for your foundation. It can shift and erode your soil, create voids, corrode your steel and damage your foundation. To stay ahead of water related issues: Remember to close off any external plumbing for the season and keep your heat above 55 degrees to avoid any burst pipes. Make sure your drainage systems are running smoothly. Keep your gutters cleaned, connected and flowing correctly so that water doesn’t collect near your foundation.
Also use this time to correct any grading issues with your soil. Your yard should slope 6″ horizontally within the first 10 feet of your foundation. You also need about 6-8″ of foundation visible between the soil and the start of your siding. Anything less may allow water to infiltrate your home.
Be Aware of Warning Signs
If you notice any of the following signs, it is in your best interest to have them inspected by a licensed structural engineer.
- Cracks near doors or windows
- Cracks in walls and ceilings, or stairways
- Cracks in soil around the exterior of your home
- Cracks in floor tiles, especially if the tile is installed over concrete.
- Doors or windows sticking.
- Soil pulling away from foundation.
- Gapping around windows or doors.
- Sagging or uneven floors.
- Sagging roof.
Making sure all these systems are in place and functioning properly, and keeping an eye out for any signs of trouble may save you a lot of money down the line. Foundation repairs often get exponentially more expensive the longer you wait to deal with them. If you want to learn more about our services click here or contact us for more information.