The foundation is the most component of in a home yet the most ignored. When concrete foundations are installed, homeowners tend to forget about them. They believe that since they were installed correctly and reinforced with the best materials in the market, they are resistant to any damage.
The concrete foundation is what holds your house together. If you do not take good care of it, your entire home might come crumbling down. This is something that you do not want to because it will be highly inconveniencing and expensive to rebuild your home again.
Most people around the world come to think about their concrete foundations when something goes amiss. Then, the problem will be too substantial such that no preventive maintenance practice can be put in place to mitigate it. If you are one of them, you will be forced to spend all your life savings to save your home.
However, you can prevent concrete foundation damage with a few strategies as outlined below.
Check your plumbing system regularly
Plumbing leaks present a range of disadvantages. They are capable of destroying many elements within a home including floors, ceilings, and walls. They can lead to the growth of mold and mildew, which are primary culprits of respiratory diseases. Also, there have been cases where people have been electrocuted as a result of the leakages coming into contact with the electrical system. However, the biggest con of plumbing leaks is that it can damage the concrete foundation of your home, and if you do not deal with the problem early, you might end up without a place to call home.
It is of great importance to take care of your plumbing system. If you have the time, you can carry out routine maintenance by yourself, or better still, you can employ someone to do it for you. If you have the resources, it is highly recommended to hire a professional plumber to do the maintenance work for you. He will use modern technology to detect even the smallest leaks and develop ways to fix them before they become a nuisance to your concrete foundation.
Make sure your home has proper drainage
Plumbing problems are not the only water damage issues that can wreak havoc on concrete foundations. If you do not install appropriate drainage systems on various elements such as driveways, pathways, garden, and roofs, the soil surrounding your home will be filled with lots of moisture and will not have the capacity to expel it effectively. When this happens, the earth will shift, and concrete foundations will be strained. What is the result? The strength of your structures will be compromised and they will collapse with time.
When constructing any element within your home, do not let the professionals doing the job leave until you are guaranteed that an excellent drainage system has been installed and is working correctly. Clean the drains regularly to ensure they are not clogged. This way, you will always have strong concrete foundations.
Fill minor cracks
Sometimes, you see small cracks on your concrete foundations and ignore them, thinking that they will have no effects to your strong structure. To your surprise, the cracks you called ‘small’ turn out to be huge problems that are sometimes beyond repair. To be safe, always fill even the smallest cracks. Luckily, this is something that you can do by yourself using the following procedure;
- Sweep the work area and make sure it is spotless
- Fill the cracks with any DIY concrete repair mix or epoxy glue, which you can easily find in your local store
- Habitually monitor the cracks and make sure they don’t become more prominent. If they do, this is a clear sign of a deep-rooted problem, and you should seek professional help
Do proper landscaping around your home
The plants that you grow around your house do not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of your home, but they also help in preventing landslides and erosion. When you do proper landscaping, therefore, you will be assisting a great deal in mitigating the damage of concrete foundations.
However, poor landscaping such as over-watering your lawn, cutting your lawn too short, and improper maintenance of your landscape can do more harm than good to concrete foundations.