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8 Simple Ways to Protect Your Foundation from Seasonal Damage

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Count yourself lucky if your foundation survived the winter’s freezing temperatures and melting snow, and spring’s rainstorms. Some homeowners weren’t so lucky. But you’re not out of the woods yet. We’re approaching the peak of summertime when storms and flooding are quite common. And that could mean one thing — water getting into your home’s foundation and damaging it.

What’s the way forward? Protect your foundation and take preventive measures to keep it safe. Let’s look at ways you can keep the foundation water-free.

1) Fix interior foundation wall cracks

Check your foundation walls for small cracks. These normally arise when groundwater exerts pressure on the adjacent soil, weakening the walls and eventually causing cracks. Freezing and thawing can expand them further. Irrespective of their size, these cracks can let in water and moisture. Quick DIY fixes are available to you, but it’s best to seek advice from basement and foundation professionals. These experts will be able to evaluate the wall cracks and then recommend trusted foundation repair solutions that will properly address these issues.

2) Resolve drainage problems

Like it or not, excess moisture and water can do tremendous damage to your Indianapolis, IN, home’s foundation. Water can seep through your concrete slab or floor, weakening the underlying structure. After some time, they may not be able to support your home. You can forestall expensive repairs by creating external drains and surface drainage systems.

3) Clean out gutters and downspouts

Once you install your gutters and downspouts, ensure they’re 100% free of debris and leaves. Both can clog your drain, causing water to flow over the sides of the gutters right into the perimeter of your home. A lot of this water will seep into the foundation and ultimately destroy it. Gutter cleaning is an inexpensive way of protecting the foundation from rainwater. If the roof is high, ask your roofer to come and help.

4) Invest in interior drainage systems

If you’re looking for a comprehensive way of waterproofing the foundation, consider installing an interior drainage system and a sump pump in your basement. These essential pieces will catch leaking water and eject water from the basement, keeping it dry. A system designed around the sump pump and basement trench tackles the problem of hydrostatic pressure, which is basically the pressure of groundwater as it seeps through basement walls.

5) Remove trees that are close to the foundation

As much as trees beautify the yard, their roots can be a source of pain. Feeder roots can grow beneath your house and damage the foundation and water pipes. Structural roots will suck moisture out of the soil, leading to soil shifts and foundation settlement. Remove any tree that stands close to the foundation. The last tree should be 25-30 feet away from your house. And the further the better. If you’re going to plant trees, avoid these species: cottonwood, American elm, willow, Norway maple, Leland cypress, and Poplar trees.

6) Water the soil

During hot summer months, the soil loses water at a high rate. You can stop extreme heat from impacting the soil negatively by running a soaker hose 18” away from the perimeter of your home. This will minimize sloping and sinking.

7) Install exterior drainage systems

Since a lot of damage starts from the outside, it makes sense to waterproof the exterior foundation as well. Your contractor will dig down to the foundation footer, then install drainage pipes. Sometimes, a waterproof membrane is laid on the exterior of the foundation wall to stop water infiltration. Care should be taken during excavation so as not to damage the landscape or disrupt the driveway.

8) Grade exterior slope properly

Your next focus should be grading the slope outside your home. Unfortunately, many people overlook this aspect of water control to their detriment. If the ground is on an incline, the runoff will follow it away from your home. However, the slope may change with time as the ground settles or when you create a flowerbed. Maintain a minimum grade away from the foundation so as to discourage backflows.

Looking for trustworthy contractors in Indianapolis, IN, to inspect your foundation or carry out urgent repairs? Schedule a free foundation repair inspection with us and get a free quote plus solid recommendations to resolve a myriad of issues, all backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

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