How To Keep Your Home’s Foundation Strong & Secure

Today, we’re diving into something that’s a bit of a big deal—the foundation of your home. Today, we’re talking about keeping the foundation of our homes as strong as The Hulk – okay, maybe not literally, but you get the gist. Stick with me because we’re about to break down how to keep that foundation solid and avoid forking out loads of cash on repairs later. Ready to jump in?

Let’s shine a spotlight on why this topic is getting all the attention. The bottom line? Your foundation holds up your whole house! Damage here can lead to big headaches like cracks or the dreaded water damage. Ignoring little signs could mean big bucks in repairs later on. But hey, don’t stress – we’ve got your back to stop that from happening!

Just like us, our homes need a little check-up regularly. Previously I’ve shared spring and fall home checklists for maintaining your home. Make it a point to inspect your foundation every 3–6 months for new issues. Look for new or widening cracks, moisture issues, and uneven flooring. There’s a great article, What a Foundation Is & What to Check For, over at Angie’s List. It discusses different kinds of foundations and what to look for.

Hire a professional if you find problems that need addressing. Seeing cracks or noticing doors and windows getting a bit jammy? These might be the early birds of foundation troubles. Catching these signs early can really save you from having to spend your entire emergency fund or getting a second mortgage to cover the costs.

Foundation inspections are crucial because they help identify foundation issues before they cause severe structural damage to your home. Not only do foundation problems tend to get worse over time and end up costing you more money, but the longer an issue persists, the more damage it will do to your structure above.

Handling water around your foundation is key. Keeping your gutters clean and those downspouts pointing the right way is crucial to keep water from being a homebody around your foundation. And if you’re in a spot that gets more than its fair share of rain, considering a yard drainage system could be your go-to saving grace. We’re aiming to keep water from getting too cozy around your foundation.

Bet you didn’t think the dirt and greenery around your house had a role in keeping your foundation happy, did you? Keeping the soil moisture consistent is key to preventing it from playing games with your foundation. And when planting trees, think about their roots as potential troublemakers for your foundation. Opt for smaller plants that are more about absorbing excess water than causing drama.

Run into some minor cracks? Sometimes, a bit of epoxy or masonry sealer can be all you need (DIY for the win!). But, it’s super important to know when a problem is too big for a YouTube tutorial fix. Seeing big cracks or more serious issues? That’s your cue to call in the pros.

If your foundation is throwing you major problems, like big scary cracks or your home is looking a bit more like the Leaning Tower of Pisa than you’d like, it’s time to get the pros on the line. They’ve got the tools and the know-how, whether it’s underpinning or waterproofing, to get your foundation back in shape. Just make sure you pick someone who knows their stuff in foundation repair to make sure it’s done right. Plus, a professional look-see can give you the lowdown on what needs doing to maintain the structure for years to come.

As we’re wrapping up, think about any big plans you’ve got for your house. Eyeing some renovations or maybe an addition? Chatting with an architectural engineer can make sure your foundation is ready to support your dreams. 

So, there you have it – a no-frills, straight-to-the-point guide on keeping your home’s foundation in hero mode. By keeping these pointers in mind, you’re setting your home up to be a safe and cozy haven for you and your loved ones for years to come.

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Carol

I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

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