Your home’s foundation provides the groundwork for the structural integrity of the rest of your home. If your foundation fails, the rest of the house will follow suit sooner or later. It’s important to protect your home’s foundation from damage, especially water damage. So what are some things you can do to do this?
Protect Your Home’s Foundation: Lawn Grading
Grading your lawn helps redirect water away from your house and prevent it from pooling near your foundation. If you aren’t sure if your lawn needs to be graded, start by checking the slope of your yard. If it already slopes away from your house, you may be good to go. If it’s level you may want to consider altering it to slope away from your home. If it slopes toward your home you need to address that. Take some of the dirt from higher areas of your lawn and add it to the lower areas to give it a boost. Aim for a slope of about 2-3 inches every 10 feet.
Clean Your Gutters
Keeping your gutters clean is another great way to help protect your foundation from water damage. Clean gutters more easily direct water away from your house and away from its foundation. As gutters become dirty, the flow of the water becomes more restricted, increasing the chances of water becoming backed up enough to spill over the sides of the gutters and down your walls, right to the foundation. A damaged foundation can open you up to many other issues. It’s important to clean your gutters regularly to help protect it and prevent those issues.
Protect Your Home’s Foundation: Tarring
Concrete isn’t waterproof by itself, so it’s necessary to coat a concrete foundation to keep it protected from water damage. This is where tarring comes in. Tarring is what keeps the portion of your foundation that you can’t see protected from water and damp soil. This is especially important in areas with high water tables, as the soil around the basement is more likely to be wetter. If your foundation doesn’t have a protective coating, you should probably consider adding one. You’ll need to dig the soil away from your foundation, clean it, apply the coating, and let it cure before replacing the soil. It’s a lot of work, but it could save you some trouble down the road.
It’s important to protect your home’s foundation from water damage. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help it stay in good condition. Grade your lawn, keep your gutters clean, and make sure that whatever portion of your foundation is below ground is properly tarred. This will help protect your foundation and prevent water from compromising the structural integrity of it and the rest of your home.
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