1. Monitor Drainage:
Adding gutters and/or extra drainage to your home are in the best interests of your foundation. It’s important to take close notice of the drainage pattern during and following heavy rains. This will give you an idea where water is standing.
2. Balance Grading:
Make certain the ground, grass, or flowerbeds are graded away from the house. Balancing moisture is key and maintaining proper lot drainage is critical to avoiding foundation problems.
3. Repair Know Plumbing Issues:
Because most plumbing systems are routed directly through or under the slab, any plumbing issue can cause foundation problems. We recommend periodic plumbing and or irrigation system checks at least once every 2 years.
4. Be Careful with the Green Thumb:
It’s important not to plant new shrubs or trees within 2 feet of the foundation. Planting too close to the foundation can cause excessive upward or downward movement, which can lead to foundation problems.
5. Watch out for roots of existing shrubs or trees:
If you think a root may be problematic, then it may be necessary to excavate and remove the root or install a root barrier.
6. Repair Existing Cracks:
Any visible crack in the slab over 1 millimeter should be filled with mortar, silicon or another concrete crack sealing agent. These types of cracks may not call for full foundation repair services but their reoccurrence is a sign the foundation is moving. If these cracks are sealed, future issues can be avoided, but if they continue to form you should call our office so we can check the slab for failure.
7. Water Your Yard:
Don’t be afraid to water your yard around the foundation. Remember, it’s moisture balance that your home needs, and a lack of moisture balance that causes problems. In seasons of drought, an unsupported home (a home without StableLift Steel Piers) should be watered on its perimeter at least 2 times a week.