Pay Attention to the Integrity of Your Foundation

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Damage to your home’s foundation is a serious matter. It can result in bothersome issues, such as stuck doors, jammed windows, tilting floors, and can even be a risk to life and property. It’s true that most—if not all—structural damage problems are repairable by any leading Atlanta remodeling contractor, but one thing’s for certain: such repairs are going to put a dent on your budget. You can avoid them though, if you take a few basic preventative steps.

The number one cause of foundation damage

It probably won’t surprise you to learn that most foundation problems are caused by water. When the soil surrounding the base of your house becomes over-saturated, it will swell, causing it to apply significant pressure on foundation walls. This may lead to bowing, bulging, cracking, and/or tipping of the foundation. Eventually, this may cause the foundation to separate from the above-ground structure, thus compromising the stability of your home.

The “water in the basement” phenomenon

A flooded basement is a sign of a serious problem that affects the soundness of a structure, says an article from Basements are often affected by flood because of the way they are built—they’re located below ground level and lie close to underground water sources. The only way to keep your foundation safe is to ensure that the basement is free from water or moisture infiltration that can weaken it.

Clean your gutters

Yes, dirty rain gutters can lead to flooded basements and structural foundation damage. When gutters are clogged, rainwater will spill from the roof instead of being led by gutters to a drain. Water can then enter the basement and/or soak the soil surrounding the foundation. Clean gutters guarantee proper drainage at all times as well as a dry foundation.

Downspout extensions

Along with your gutters, check your downspouts as well. If it’s too close to the house, no amount of cleaning your gutters will prevent the over-saturation of the soil next to the foundation. Downspouts should be draining rainwater at least 10 feet away from your home.

Seek professional help

Have an Atlanta gutters specialist like those from Nehemiah ReConstruction address any problems you may have regarding your gutters and downspouts. This may come at a cost, but in the long run, will keep your home safe from disasters brought about by a weakened foundation.

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