How to Prevent Foundation Damage Before it Becomes an Issue

Sep 26, 2016

Categories: Foundations

As CNT Foundations in South Carolina, we routinely consult with homeowners looking to make repairs to their home’s foundation. Many of our clients were unaware that foundation damage was present in the first place and often lament that they wish they had done something to prevent the damage altogether.

How to Prevent Foundation Damage

Consider the following tips for taking the initiative against foundation damage; maintaining a strong foundation or reducing strain on your foundation can save on future repairs or, ideally, negate the need for repairs altogether.

  • Inspect your Home’s Foundation – Recognizing that a problem is present is the first step toward a quick and easy foundation repair project. We recommend periodically checking around your home for damage. Make note of any cracks or damage and follow up to see if the damage worsens over time. Inspection of your home’s plumbing and crawl space, if present, is also important for preventing future damage. If you’re not sure how extreme the damage is, we are happy to meet with you to discuss the necessity of repair and all of your available options.
  • Don’t Allow Soil to Shift – Shifting soil is the most common cause of foundation damage. The soil surrounding your home may shift when it becomes too wet or too dry, and is especially dangerous when fluctuating between the two. Soil expands when it becomes wet, and contracts when it dries, causing subtle shifts in your home’s foundation.  Maintaining a consistent moisture level is important to stop the foundation from shifting when the soil expands and contracts. As silly as it sounds, during the hot summer months, consider watering not only your plants but the soil around your house as well.
  • Don’t Let Water Accumulate – Although we just discussed how a little bit of water is important to keep the soil around your foundation stable, too much water in the soil can cause massive foundation damage if left unchecked. Your home should be graded in a way that allows excess water to flow downhill, away from your home. If this isn’t the case, your options may include installing a foundation drainage system or a moisture barrier to try to control the flow of water.
  • Employ the Best Repair Company – With over 15 years of foundation repair experience in South Carolina, we have great pride in our work and the team that makes it possible. An unprofessional repair job will not only cost money now but likely in the long run as well. Don’t settle for inexperience; we know our business and offer a lifetime warranty to back it up.

If You Already Have Foundation Damage, Contact the Foundation Specialists at CNT

We hope that these tips help you take the initiative in the fight against foundation damage. If this article is just a bit too late, we hope that you’ll choose CNT Foundations in South Carolina for your foundation repair project. Call us today for a free consultation to learn more about the foundation repair process and what our team can do for you!