Foundations are the most important part of any structure and require routine maintenance and repairs. Sometimes old foundations can crack or develop other damage that can lead to serious structural damage. Therefore, it is important to do routine maintenance and repairs to ensure your foundation is in good shape and problems do not lead to serious structural damage. Here are some tips to help with the maintenance and repair needs of a foundation to prevent serious structural damage:
1. Routine Inspection of Foundation Drain Lines and Equipment
Foundation drainage systems protect your home from some problems that can come from erosion and static water pressure. Over time, the foundation drain lines and equipment can become a problem and be repaired or replaced. It is important that you inspect your foundation drainage systems to ensure that they are working properly and draining the water away from your foundation efficiently.
2. Inspecting Foundation for Signs of Cracks and Settling Damage
It is also important to inspect your foundation routinely for signs of cracks and settling damage. The cracks may be in foundation walls, and they can caused by static water pressure and poor landscaping drainage. Cracks that are caused by settling can be due to issues such as soft soils and erosion beneath foundation footings. This type of foundation damage can be repaired by using a variety of methods such as soil grouting, post-tension systems, and pier jacking.
3. Repairing Damaged Foundation Walls and Routinely Inspecting Old Repairs
The repairs that are done to foundation walls in areas like a basement are done with a type of concrete adhesive. These repairs are designed to last a few years and often need to be updated. Therefore, it is important to inspect foundation walls and all repairs routinely to ensure they do not lead to more serious structural problems.
4. Inspecting Foundation Waterproofing Systems for Signs of Failure and Repairing Them
Over the years, the sealcoating on foundations can wear and cause waterproofing failure. If you are doing repairs to your foundation, it is a good idea to update the sealcoating on exterior walls of your foundation. Talk with a sealcoating contractor about other systems that can help improve the waterproofing of foundations and prevent structural damage.
These are some tips to help with the maintenance and repair needs of a foundation to prevent serious structural damage. If you need help with maintenance and repairs for your foundation, contact a sealcoating contractor to update foundation waterproofing and ensure your home is safe from water damage.