4 Tips to Keep Your Foundation Dry & Happy
With how the recent droughts & how dry it typically is in Texas, one of the last things you may be thinking about is how to keep your foundation dry to protect it during the Fall/Winter months. However, keeping water away from your home’s foundation is an important part of maintaining your home’s structural integrity. Water can cause soils to expand and contract as well as do damage to the interior of the home should it flood. With all the wonderful rain we’ve been getting lately (and typically get during the Fall/Winter) we thought we’d share a few tips with you to be sure your home & foundation stays dry and happy.
- Keep your gutters clean and make sure downspouts will divert water to a place where it can drain away.
- If your home is equipped with a sump pit you may want to install a pump, or if you have a pump make sure it is operating properly.
- If you have a basement and it has a drain, be sure it is clear in the event that you have an interior water leak, such as a broken pipe.
- Try to determine how rainwater from landscaping will drain. If you have landscape borders next to the concrete, they will act as dams holding the runoff water in the soil. There should be openings in the borders to allow any accumulated water to drain.
These are just a few places to start getting your home ready for the cooler/rainier months ahead. For more suggestions for your specific situation be sure to contact a licensed, local professional.