Foundation leaks can cause big, expensive problems and compromise the structural integrity of your entire home. Afterall, it is the foundation that your home stands on! While you probably didn’t dig the hole or lay your own foundation to ensure it was built properly, there are still some things that you can do as a homeowner to prevent foundation leaks without doing any construction. Follow these tips for homeowners, and of course, if you notice any indication of a foundation leak, have it checked out right away! For possible foundation leaks in Dallas, contact the slab leak repair professionals at C & C Slab Leak and Plumbing!
1. Proper Gutter Maintenance
Gutters play an integral part in keeping your home safe from water leaks. Not only do they keep the water flowing off of your roof while avoiding letting it slick down your home’s side paneling, correctly installed gutters keep the rain flowing away from the foundation of your house. Gutters should always be clean and free of debris that could cause an occlusion. If you have trees that blow leaves into your gutters, make sure you are cleaning them out regularly to allow water to continue to flow. At the base of the gutters, ensure that the tails are attached to allow the water to follow a downgrade away from your home rather than pooling around your home, where it can seep into your foundation.
While your street gutters are the city or county’s responsibility, maintaining the area around your house is yours. Be sure you are not obstructing the flow of water into rain gutters by parking your car or other possessions, or by raking leaves or letting debris settle in the street gutter groove.
2. Mind the Grade
Properly built homes are built on ground grades that promote water running away from homes and their foundations. When homeowners begin to mess with the grades of their yards, say to level things out, it greatly impacts how water flows. Your home’s plot plan will list your yard’s grade and your local water table levels. Your community will have a rainwater plan and you should keep yourself informed of where water travels to get away from your home so that you can do your part in helping maintain that. Do not change the grade of your lawn significantly, and if you do, make sure that you have taken the water table into consideration and have made provisions to allow the water to escape — buried gutter systems, canals, etc.
3. Monitor the Trees
Trees are beautiful, and undoubtedly make any lawn and home more comfortable. In Dallas, large shade trees are essential for providing some relief from the relentless Texas sun. However, these giant beauties can also cause some severe home damage if left unchecked. Large shade trees should be planted at least 20 feet away from your home to prevent the roots from encroaching on your plumbing or foundation. Generally speaking the crown of a tree (the extension of branches) is similar to the whiskers of a cat and are as long and wide as the roots. Monitor the crown of your tree to see how far the roots extend beneath the ground. If they are getting close to your home (within six feet, not six inches!) it is time to call in the professionals to assess the safety of your home.
Following these simple tips can save you big problems down the road. If you notice any sign of foundation leak or potential foundation leak, do not wait until there is water collecting in your basement, call the professionals at C & C Slab Leak and Plumbing to do a complete inspection. Whether you need a simple sump pump installed or repaired, or you need a full foundation repair, the professionals at C & C Slab Leak and Plumbing are the right team for the job. Contact us for your free estimate today!