3 Ways To Prevent Water Damage To Your Foundation

Your home's foundation is not only a crucial part of its resale value but also critical for keeping your home's structural integrity so that your house is safe to live in. As a homeowner, you really need to ensure that your foundation has all the support it needs and isn't constantly being attacked by water. Here are three ways to prevent water damage to your foundation.

1. Waterproofing

There are two basic categories of waterproofing: interior and exterior. Interior waterproofing endeavors focus on keeping water from intruding into your basement area after penetrating your basement floor or foundation wall.

This is fine for purposes of making your basement a fit place to live, but it doesn't tend to help your foundation much. To help your foundation survive the presence of water, you need to focus on exterior waterproofing solutions. 

2. Grading

The ground around your home needs to slope gently away from the foundation on all sides. If it's too flat, it allows rainwater to puddle by the foundation. Even worse, if it slopes towards the house, it can funnel a steady supply of too-much-water at your foundation all through the wet season. 

It may be inconvenient to your wallet and to your landscaping to go ahead and re-grade the lawn, but it's definitely worth it when you think of all the thousands of dollars you'll have to pay for repairs if you don't take good care of your foundation now.

So, go check the ten feet around your house; it should slope up 6 inches from the 10-foot mark to the foundation wall. If it doesn't, you can choose between building up the area near the foundation or digging out the area further away, or a combination of both.

3. Extending downspouts

Even if your lawn does slope gently away from the walls of your house, dumping a ton of water right at the base of the walls is generally regarded as not such a good plan. That's why you need to figure out how to get your downspouts to take rainwater elsewhere.

The generally recommended way to do this is to buy downspout extenders (ten feet is a good length) to carry the water a good distance across the yard before dumping it out. You can also install a french drain at the end of each extender if you don't want all that water eroding your lawn.

These three strategies can help protect your home's foundation from the ravages of water damage, giving you and your family a stable home for decades to come. If you have any concerns about your foundation, however, contact a company such as Solid Foundation so they can take a look at it and offer possible solutions to any problems they find.