Keeping your home safe from water may not sound glamorous, but it will save you loads of time, money, and stress if you follow these simple steps! When it comes to your home’s foundation, water is typically the main culprit of major issues.
There are many things you can do to ensure you’re protecting your home’s foundation. The first step involves grading, or drainage. You’ll want to check that the ground level slopes down away from your home, so that water naturally flows away from the foundation. If that isn’t the case for you, don’t worry – the next few tips will help keep your foundation dry and supported.
The second step is to install or check your downspouts to ensure that they’re also extended away from your home. This way, when it rains or snows, all of that liquid will drain away from the foundation. It helps to have a slope for the water to flow down, but at the minimum you should have those downspouts in place and angled properly.
Thirdly, while this isn’t fun to hear, keeping your gutters clean is very important. They easily get filled with leaves, debris, dirt, and even granules from your roof. Maintaining clear gutters allows water to flow down and out of your downspouts. If your gutters get compacted, water will overflow directly down as it spills over the gutter and damages your foundation.
The last piece of advice applies if you have a crawlspace or basement. You can add a quality sump pump so that if you do get water in those areas, it will pump the water out to prevent major damage. Sitting water or moisture in your home will likely increase the mildew population in your home – yuck! If you live in an area that’s at higher risk for flooding, it’s a good idea to have a sump pump.
Keeping your home safe from water is crucial, and I hope these tips help you ensure your foundation is staying strong. If you have questions or need a recommendation on any related services, feel free to call me or anyone on our team. We’re here to help you!