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Tips for preventing foundation damage

If you see cracks or notice leaks in your basement, it means that there is a problem with your foundation; in fact, once you start seeing these, it may already be too late – the damage is done and you’ll need to contact home damage restoration in Ft Myers to take care of the problem. Luckily, there are some simple ways to help prevent this damage from occurring in the first place. Here are a few tips:

     *     Check your grade: Poor excavation work can cause water to be directed to the base of your house, where it can eventually seep into your basement. Use a level to check your grade to make sure the water slopes away from your house.

     *     Check your downspout: Make sure your downspouts direct rain from your roof away from your house; otherwise, the water may fall directly onto your foundation, which will crack over time. Buy an extender to make sure the water stays well away; they are inexpensive and come in a variety of styles to match your exterior.

     *     Having a dry summer? Don’t let the soil around your house get completely dried out, causing it to shrink. Watering it will expand the soil, which will put stress on your foundation. Instead, keep your lawn and soil moist all year long.

     *     Mind the trees: Tree roots and shrubs can interfere with your foundation, causing it to settle or shift unevenly. You’ll know when that happens because your drywall will crack, and your windows will be hard to open. To avoid this, plant trees and shrubs well away from your house.

Follow a home maintenance checklist at least twice a year to inspect the above and help prevent problems with your foundation.

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