DIY Tips for Maintaining Your Stonehouse Foundation: A Homeowner's Guide

DIY Tips for Maintaining Your Stonehouse Foundation: A Homeowner's Guide

At Stonehouse Foundation Repair, we understand that your home is your biggest investment. A strong foundation is the cornerstone of a secure and stable home, and with a little preventative care, you can help ensure its longevity. Here are some easy DIY tips to maintain your Stonehouse foundation and keep your San Antonio home safe:

Inspect Regularly:

  • Cracks:  Walk around your foundation perimeter and basement (if applicable) regularly, looking for any cracks in the walls or floor. Even small cracks can worsen over time.
  • Drainage:  Check for proper drainage around your foundation.  Water pooling near your home can put stress on the foundation. Ensure downspouts are directed away from the foundation, and consider adding extensions if needed.
  • Grading:  The soil around your foundation should slope away from the house.  If the soil slopes towards the foundation, consider adding soil or regrading to improve drainage.

Mind Your Landscaping:

  • Trees:  Large trees planted too close to your foundation can cause problems as their roots grow and expand.  Maintain a safe distance between trees and your home.
  • Shrubs & Plants:  While some plants add beauty to your home, avoid planting large shrubs or bushes close to the foundation. Their root systems can also contribute to foundation issues.

Moisture Control:

  • Interior:  Maintain proper ventilation in your basement or crawl space to prevent moisture buildup.  Consider using a dehumidifier in these areas if needed.
  • Exterior:  Repair any leaky faucets or pipes around your foundation to prevent water from seeping into the soil.

Seasonal Maintenance:

  • Winter:  Heavy snowfall can melt and saturate the soil around your foundation.  Clear snow away from the house perimeter to minimize the chance of water pooling.
  • Summer:  Extended periods of drought can cause the soil to shrink and pull away from the foundation.  Watering your foundation can help maintain soil moisture levels, but avoid overwatering.
Remember, When in Doubt, Call a Professional

While these DIY tips can help you maintain your foundation, there's no substitute for a professional inspection.  At Stonehouse Foundation Repair, we offer free inspections to assess the condition of your foundation and identify any potential problems early on.

Here's when to call Stonehouse Foundation Repair:
  • You notice significant cracks in your foundation walls or floors.
  • Doors or windows stick or become difficult to open or close.
  • You see uneven floors or sloping walls.
  • You suspect water damage around your foundation.

Taking care of your Stonehouse foundation is an investment in your home's future.  By following these simple tips and scheduling regular inspections with Stonehouse, you can ensure a secure and stable foundation for your San Antonio home for years to come.

If you think you may need foundation repair, please don't hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to provide you with a free consultation and estimate.

Give us a call at 210-879-8521 if you have any questions, or book a free inspection online HERE.

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