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Top Tips To Protect The Foundations of Your Home *

Thursday, 13 June 2019

-*This post is in collaboration with Screwfast-
It’s easy to ignore things you can’t see. However, if you don’t protect the foundations of your home, you could end up with some serious structural issues including leaks, cracks and subsidence. These are costly and inconvenient to repair. Below are some tips from a foundation solutions company to help you understand how to protect the foundations of your home from any future damage. 

Firstly, be sure to assess the boundaries of your home regularly and check that the ground slopes away from the property. This will ensure that any water on the ground will flow away from your home as opposed to pooling around it. Too much or too little water can change the consistency of the soil beneath, which can cause the foundations of a building to shift. 

With that in mind, sufficient drainage is important. Every now and again it’s worth clearing away any dirt and debris that has gathered in your drains or gutters to prevent blockages. After all, it’s important that water is properly flowing through them and therefore routed away from your building. When clearing your drains, check them for damage so that they can be repaired as soon as possible. 

In the summer months when the weather becomes hotter, you should try to keep the land around your home moist. This will prevent the soil from drying up and shrinking which, as mentioned above, will lead to movement in your foundations. If this happens, you will likely see some cracks in the walls of your home, as well as your paving. Use a hose or sprinkler system to maintain the moisture in the ground and avoid planting trees too close to the building. 

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