Foundation Waterproofing Summer Projects
Summer comes with many possibilities. It is a great time to get your toolbox out and get cracking on those home improvement projects that you’ve been putting off. Hopefully, foundation waterproofing is on your list of projects this summer.
Top foundation waterproofing projects for summer
- Repair your foundation
Many homeowners will think of home improvement projects such as having new kitchen cabinets installed. Few will even consider their foundations. However, starting with your foundation will ensure that none of the investments you make in your home will go to waste.
Have your foundation inspected. If there are signs of foundation problems, ensure that they are addressed as soon as possible.
- Repair your roof
Many of the problems in the foundation often begin with the roof. Inspect the roof and pay close attention to the gutters and downspouts. Are they working properly? Are they clean? Are they damaged?
You should have your gutters cleaned. If they are damaged, you may want to consider replacing them with more modern self-cleaning gutters. These will reduce the need for cleaning in the future.
Ensure that your downspouts are draining water far away from the foundation. This will reduce the risk of hydrostatic pressure building against the foundation walls.
- Address plumbing issues
Leaking plumbing can cause seepage in foundations. The water absorbed into the soil can result in an increase in hydrostatic pressure acting against the foundation walls. Addressing leaking plumbing will help to reduce your water bills and help to prevent damage to your foundation, which can be very expensive to repair.
- Correct the grading of your landscape
Is your landscape sloping toward your foundation? This will also result in increased hydrostatic pressure acting against the foundation walls. This can cause the foundation walls to bow inward and form cracks which may eventually leak.
Seek professional help to determine how to best address the grading issues on your property. You may be able to simply correct the grading. You may otherwise have to have a retaining wall installed.
- Deal with any surface drainage issues
The summer is a great time to address surface drainage. With summer showers, you can determine how runoff drains from your property and determine what areas need to be addressed. You may need to have surface drainage installed in your yard. This will help to collect and divert water away from your foundation.
Be sure to work with professional contractors on each of your projects for the best results.
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