As we approach Spring 2019, we also get closer to heavy spring rains which can cause damage to your home and foundation. Plus, it can cause damage to concrete on your property and render it a trip hazard. So while you’re getting into the spirit of spring cleaning and D.I.Y. home repairs, it might be worthwhile to take a few moments and review these tips to prepare your home for Spring 2019.
If you’re planning on holding any spring parties, like a graduation party or cookout, you might want to take a closer look at your concrete driveway, sidewalk, or patio. This winter had colder temperatures and lots of precipitation, which means that your soil conditions may have changed and caused a crack in your slab. Additionally, when water gets into the cracks it can cause erosion or freeze if temperatures are right. This can even further damage your concrete slab. Whether this is in your driveway, on your sidewalk, or your patio, you are going to end up with a trip hazard for your guests and an uneven surface to place any patio furniture or vehicles. Here’s the secret: it likely does not need replaced! It just needs concrete leveling to raise the slab so it’s all level. It can be an investment that saves you from having to replace the whole thing, which saves you money in the long run and prolongs the life of your concrete..
While you’re fixing up chipping paint on the side of the house, make sure that you also pay attention to your gutters. Get a ladder and gloves and clean out any leaves, debris, or nests that may have been placed in your gutters. It’s very important to maintain your gutters and make sure there is never any buildup in them. Clean them out with a hose as well to make sure they last for longer without erosion from dirt and rust. If you see spots that need repaired, go ahead and do so or call a professional to do so. Why are you doing this? To prolong the life of your gutters, but also to make sure that when it inevitably rains you won’t have water going into your foundation, crawl space, or basement. Plus, make sure that your downspout is at least five feet away from the home to prevent the same issues.
While you’re doing indoor (and outdoor) spring cleaning chores, make sure to take a brief walkthrough of your home. This will give you an idea of what things could be going on with your foundation. You always want to check after dramatic changes in temperature because there could be new changes in your foundation. Check the walls for cracks, check for doors and windows that don’t shut right, sloping floors, cracks in tiles, and more. For a complete checklist, call the professionals at Foundation Systems of WV for a free estimate to make sure that nothing is going amiss with your home’s foundation. Even “small” cracks can be a big issue!
If you found a problem that you’re not sure needs foundation repair or not, it’s time to call the professionals at Foundation Systems of WV. We’re happy to schedule you for a free estimate and get you on the road to a stable home with peace of mind. Contact us today for more information and to get started.