Avoid Costly Foundation Repairs with these Tips
The purpose of a home’s foundation is to provide a level, flat base for construction and support the entire weight of the structure. Foundations also separate materials containing wood from direct contact with the ground since contact would increase the risk of termite damage and rotting wood. While concrete is the most common material used when creating a foundation, the foundation for your home could contain brick, concrete block, poured concrete, or lumber treated with preservatives.
Home foundations require occasional maintenance to prevent the need for a larger repair. Our Bay Area soil foundation drilling company outlines some steps you can take as a homeowner to preserve the foundation that supports your house.
Establish Positive Drainage
You can ensure the integrity of your home’s foundation by making sure to establish positive drainage moving away from the structure. Adequate surface drainage is essential to prevent water seeping into the home and other significant issues. If you decide to plant flower beds, they should be at an angle to prevent water from damming and becoming trapped too close to the home’s foundation.
Placing gutters along your roof line and down the side of your home allows water to run off without becoming stagnant or flooding the foundation. After installing the gutters, be sure to clean them at least twice a year to prevent leaves and other debris from becoming clogged and impeding the free flow of water.
Indications of Foundation Damage Requiring Professional Repair
Sometimes homeowners inherit problems from previous owners or simply do not notice foundation problems in enough time. Here are some common issues that our Bay Area soil drilling company can repair for you:
- Cracks in the walls of your home, particularly in the basement and on interior plaster walls
- Uneven floors
- Nail pops in ceilings or walls
- Doors or windows difficult to close
Lassiter Excavating uses foundation piers in the Bay Area known as helical piers to correct these issues. Please contact us today for a free estimate or to request repair services.