Preventive Maintenance to Protect Your Home's Foundation

Out of sight and out of mind - the foundation is the most important, yet most overlooked part of your home. Most homeowners don't think about foundation maintenance until an issue arises. By that time, it could be an expensive repair. So, to help homeowners like yourself prevent expensive foundation repairs, we're sharing with you some preventative maintenance items to check to protect your home's foundation and your wallet!


Look Out for Plumbing Issues
Catching leaks early can save you tens of thousands of dollars down the road. Leaks behind the walls and under the floors aren't just bad for the foundation; they can also destroy other parts of the home. Pooling water, moldy walls and low-faucet pressure are all obvious signs of plumbing issues, but some leaks aren't so conspicuous. If you're not familiar with the plumbing in your home, it may be worth it to have a professional come in to check out your system to ensure there aren't any leaks, especially if you've noticed a significant increase in your water consumption.

Plan Out Your Landscaping
Plants can add beauty to your home, and they also keep the surrounding soil intact, helping to prevent erosion and landslides. However, improper landscaping can do more harm than good. The root systems of any trees or shrubs around your home’s exterior can potentially eat into subterranean foundation walls. So don't plant shrubs or trees too close to your home. Before planting, be sure to know how large the tree or shrub that your planting will get, and how far their roots will travel.

Proper Lawn and Gutter Drainage
Water damage from an over abundance of rain or watering can wreak havoc on your home's foundation. When the soil surrounding your home doesn't properly accept or expel moisture, this can cause the earth to shift, placing undue strain on your property's foundation. Check all gutters and downspouts to ensure that they are redirecting water away from your home, and make sure to clean gutters out regularly.

Repair Minor Cracks
Minor cracks aren’t necessarily cause for alarm, but shouldn't be ignored. Have those minor cracks filled so that they don't get bigger or become a larger problem. Closely monitor the cracks over time to make sure they don’t become wider or longer. If they do, you’ll want to call a professional foundation repair technician.

Foundation repairs can cost thousands, but like any other part of the home, many issues can be eliminated with proper maintenance and care. By being proactive and taking care of these preventative maintenance items, you can avoid a larger problem that could cost tons. If you do need foundation repair, contact Benz & Associates, LLC. We're a licensed and insured St. Louis foundation repair and construction services company focused on completing every project on time, and on budget. Everything we do is about quality and craftsmanship. Contact us for all of your foundation repair projects in the Greater St. Louis area!

Benz & Associates, LLC is Your St. Louis Trusted Concrete Company!


Benz & Associates, LLC
12804 Weber Hill Road
Saint Louis, MO 63127
www.BenzAndAssociates.com
Phone: (314) 393-8813
Fax: (314) 843-6427

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