Springtime Foundation Maintenance Tips
Spring is the season for Richardson homeowners to organize, clean, de-clutter, and address any repairs that need attention. It may also include a foundation inspection and maintenance to ward off potential problems that could prove costly later on.
Checking gutters, fixing roofing damage, and other simple chores can help ensure proper drainage and identify potential issues early in the game. If you notice any worrisome signs during your spring maintenance, a professional home inspection can determine if you need Richardson foundation repair.
Here are some simple tips to ensure your home’s foundation is protected.
Check Your Gutters
Gutters clogged with leaves and debris are a big problem during heavy rains. Thoroughly clean them to ensure they are draining well and also look for minor leaks in the process. Also, make sure that your downspouts direct water away from the foundation, as excess moisture can lead to gradual damage.
Visual Inspection of Concrete Around the House
Walk around the entire exterior of your home, looking for concrete settlement or movement around patios, walkways, garage, and the driveway. Cracks in the foundation can have many different sources and are not always cause for concern. A professional inspection can determine if the cracks are minor or potential signs of water damage that could require foundation repair services.
Look for Plumbing Leaks
Springtime maintenance also includes evaluating the home for possible plumbing leaks. It is a good idea to have a plumber do a leak test every 12-24 months.
Examine Your Roof
Texas winters can be extreme, so it’s essential to examine your roof for damaged shingles. It’s also an excellent opportunity to inspect the flashing around vents, skylights, and chimneys to ensure no water is leaking in. Replace buckled or cracked shingles promptly. Also, take the time to remove mold and organic debris off the roof surface.
Improve Soil Structure Around the Home
Heavy spring and summer rains can lead to flooding and standing water near the house. The land should be properly graded with well-draining organic compost to improve soil structure around the foundation. If you decide to plant shrubs or ground cover near the home, choose drought-tolerant plants that require little irrigation.
Foundation Repair Richardson TX
If you have encountered a problem during spring maintenance, call Align Foundation Repair for a prompt, free estimate. Our Richardson TX foundation repair service is backed by a Transferable Lifetime Warranty.
We are a family-owned and operated business and trusted foundation repair experts in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Call today for your free foundation repair estimate.