AD | The strength and durability of a building lies in a solid and well maintained foundation. A good foundation will not only support your home, but it should also help to withstand movement, provide insulation and protect against moisture.
It is vital that homeowners understand the importance of a structurally sound foundation and know how to keep them dry and damage free. To help you protect the foundations of your home, here are three tips from the experts at Screwfast Foundations Limited.
Inspect the land around your property and check that the ground slopes away from your foundation. This will avoid any water on the ground from pooling near your property and leaking into the foundations. If you do find puddles around your building, try to soak up the water and then fill these areas with gravel or soil. It is also important to look for signs of water damage around your property, such as cracks in the walls or mold.
It is really important that you keep a well maintained drainage system and clear away any debris that may have collected in your gutters. This will keep them free from blockages, which can cause water to overflow and leak onto your building. Remember to also inspect your gutters and drainage pipes for any damage or cracks that could lead to problems in the future.
To prevent the soil around your property from drying up and shrinking, it is important that you keep some areas moist throughout the summer. Dry soil can lead to movements in your foundation and cause damage to your home. One of the best ways to keep your soil moist is to use a hose or sprinkler system to water your grass or flower beds.
BONUS TIP: Try to avoid planting trees too close to your property. Tree roots are a major cause of damage to property foundations.
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