You bit the bullet, and you got your foundation repair done. How can you protect your new foundation so you don’t have to do it again anytime soon?
We’re happy to provide guidance! Here’s what you need to know.
By the way, when you care for your new foundation properly, it should last 50 years or more. Some foundation types can even last for over 100 years. So, if you do this right, you might never have to worry about your foundation again!
#1) Install Drainage Solutions
Water is the number one enemy of your foundation, especially here in East Texas. We have clay-like soil, which wants to hold moisture in, cradling it close to your foundation where it can begin eroding or rotting it.
To solve this problem, we install French Drains: trenches filled with gravel containing a perforated pipe that redirects surface and groundwater away from your foundation. We prep and waterproof the channel to make sure no water escapes.
#2) Stay On Top of Your Gutter Maintenance
Gutters are the house systems that do the most foundation protection work. You need to do whatever it takes to keep them clog-free, leak-free, and in good repair.
We recommend installing seamless gutters and outfitting them with a gutter guard, then calling a professional cleaning service at least once or twice a year.
We know gutters aren’t much fun, but the costs of dealing with them tend to be far lower than the cost of a major foundation repair.
#3) Keep Trees and Shrubs Far Away from Your Foundation
It’s important to avoid placing plants too close to your house. Tree roots can easily
destroy your foundation.
In fact, here in East Texas, quite a few homes have Live Oaks or other major oak trees that like to burrow under the house, spreading roots from the front yard clear through to the back yard.
When planting new trees, keep them at least 20 feet from the house. Consider planting trees with less aggressive root systems.
You don’t have to rip out the trees you already have, but you should be aware of the dangers they can pose to your home.
#4) Schedule Foundation Inspections
Sometimes, we can catch small problems quickly. Sealing minor cracks can ensure the foundation doesn’t erode to the point where it sinks or settles later. Spending a couple of hundred dollars every year makes far more sense than spending thousands of dollars every ten.
Plus, when you call us for regular inspections, you get the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your foundation is in great shape without having to resort to guesswork. That’s an incredible feeling well worth investing in.
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Need an inspection? Haven’t fixed your foundation yet? Contact us to schedule a free quote today.