How to Avoid Foundation Problems on Your NJ, Philadelphia or Delaware Area Home
These foundation issues are common throughout New Jersey, the Philadelphia area, Harrisburg and all of Delaware.
Your home was probably built on a lot of clay-type soil. Clay and gravel have really poor drainage. So, when it rains, water can not drain. The longer the water sits, the more the soil around your home expands, causing pressure to be put on your foundation walls.
Not long after that, the cracks start.
Check out these 3 easy ways to prevent foundation problems in your home:
1. Extend Your Down Spouts
This is because water that is allowed to sit around the base of your home leads to trouble. That water gets into the ground and creates pressure on the walls by expanding the soil. This pressure leads to cracks and leaks.
When your gutters are clean and the down spouts drive the water away from your home, the pressure is reduced greatly. This helps keep your foundation strong and crack free.
2.Install Good Drains
The ability to drain excess water from your basement or crawl space and your yard is key to preventing these problems.
Again, it’s all about water management. When water is drained and take away from the foundation, it is not dangerous. Your home doesn’t have to fight off pressure from expanded soil and it will keep its structural integrity.
3. Waterproof Your Basement or Crawl Space
If you live in an area with bad soil and have poor drainage, you should have your crawl space, foundation and/or basement waterproofed.
This will seal out water from getting inside of the walls. When pressure exists outside the wall, cracks form, pushing water inside the foundation wall. This weakens it and causes it to break.
When the area is waterproofed (sealed and has proper drainage), water doesn’t have an effect. It is carried away from your home, the pressure is met with counter pressure of the waterproofing system, and and water that reaches the walls is repelled.
The best possible solution to avoid foundation problems is to combine all three of these measures. The down spouts are a cheap, quick fix.
Drains are a bit more expensive but can save you thousands in repairs.
And waterproofing, while a bigger investment, will pay you back with a 25% increase in home value plus will save you in repairs. And, it has the added benefit of keeping mold out of your home.