If you have a brand new home, you probably haven't thought much about foundation damage. Although it's true that your foundation should be in good shape for a long time to come, it's important to look toward the future. By taking a few important steps, you can help prevent foundation damage and excessive settling from happening in your home, which means that you can avoid the need for foundation repair for even longer.
Waterproof Your Basement
Excessive water can cause damage to your foundation; it can freeze in the nooks and crannies and can cause spreading and cracking. Make sure that you waterproof your basement before any problems happen; you can hire a basement waterproofing company to handle the job for you, or you can purchase a waterproofing compound from a home improvement store. Not only will waterproofing your basement help prevent foundation damage, but it will also help prevent damage to the flooring and walls in your basement.
Keep Your Gutters Clean
Your gutters are designed to carry water away from your home when it rains, which can help prevent the ground around and underneath your home from soaking. Since soaked ground can contract and cause foundation cracks, this is obviously important. Keep an eye on your gutters, and make sure that you keep them clear of leaves and debris at all times.
Don't Plant Trees or Shrubs Too Close to the House
You are probably ready to fill your new lawn with beautiful plants, but be careful about how you place your trees and shrubs. Although they might start out small, these plants can eventually grow very large and intricate root structures. The roots can get underneath your home and cause your foundation to shift, which can cause serious cracking and other issues. Therefore, it's best to plant them several feet away from the side of your house.
Dampen the Soil During Droughts
During periods when it doesn't rain very much, use a soaker hose to add a little bit of water to the soil surrounding your home. This can help prevent the dry soil from contracting too much, which could otherwise cause your foundation to shift.
You shouldn't have to worry too much about foundation damage to your new home, but it's always important to think about future problems. By following these tips, you can help keep your new home's foundation in excellent condition. Ask your contractor, one like Primal Contracting Ltd, for more tips.