Why It’s Important to Keep Water Away From Your Home’s Foundation

Most people take their gutters, downspouts and yard drainage for granted, but these things have an important role to play around your home. They help protect your foundation from being damaged by having too much water constantly accumulate around it. This is something that you should never overlook, and need to take very seriously.

What happens if too much moisture is present around your home’s foundation? For one, it makes the soil that’s found around your home much heavier. Over time this puts much pressure on your foundation to hold the heavier, wet soil back. Eventually it becomes too much and your foundation will start to crack.

Once this happens you will find water starting to seep through your foundation and into your basement if you have one. It will slowly ruin your home’s foundation and cause other problems, too. The only remedy once this happens is excavating around your foundation and reinforcing it. That’s a job that typically runs well over $10,000 or more, depending on the size of your home.

How to Prevent an Expensive Foundation Repair?

Keeping water from puddling around your foundation is the key to preventing foundation damage. Here are the key ways to do that.

Signs Your Foundation May Be in Trouble

Here are a few signs that the soil around your foundation has a moisture content that is too high.

Take Action Before It’s Too Late

Do what it takes to maintain your gutters and downspouts. Keep them in good working order so ground water is properly drained and away from the foundation your home.

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