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Tips For Maintaining Your Concrete Foundation

by Kyle Carpenter

The repair costs for moderate damage to your home's concrete foundation can start at $8,000. In most instances, the repairs are avoidable with regular maintenance. Unfortunately, some homeowners are not aware of what they need to do and end up paying for or not properly caring for the foundation. Here is what you need to know about your concrete foundation and preventing damage.  

What Can You Do to Maintain Your Foundation?

A misconception about foundations is that there is nothing that can possibly be done to maintain them. In reality, there are several things you can do to ensure your foundation is in good condition. Although the foundation is beneath the home, there are things you can do that impact the foundation's health.  

For instance, the soil around your home plays a major role in the condition of your foundation. When the soil contracts and expands due to bouncing between wet and dry, it puts stress on the foundation. To prevent this from happening, it is important that you take the time to keep your soil moisturized by watering it on a consistent basis.  

At the same time, you have to be careful about the amount of water that surrounds the foundation. Water from your roof that drains directly down the side of the home and sits in puddles at the foundation can cause the soil to be overly wet, which can hinder the movement of soil under the foundation and still place stress on it.  

What you do inside your home also has an impact on the foundation. When the temperatures are unsteady, the concrete foundation can still expand and contract. It is imperative that you keep the home at a steady temperature at all times.  

What Are the Signs of Foundation Problems?

Even with regular maintenance, it is still possible to experience problems with the foundation. Early detection is important to avoiding a high repair bill. There are several warning signs that you should look for during your monthly inspections of the foundation.  

Cracks in your basement walls or the bricks on the exterior home are telltale signs that the foundation needs work. If your windows or doors are starting to stick or have trouble with remaining open, call a contractor.  

You should also contact a contractor from a company like Unit Step Company if the walls are leaning or the floors are uneven. The contractor can determine your repair options, such as replacing the concrete foundation, and complete the repair.