If your home has a concrete foundation, you may wonder what you can routinely do to keep the structure intact and prevent future problems. If so, use the following three tips for maintaining your home's concrete foundation:
Keep an Eye on Water Drainage
One thing you need to do to keep your foundation intact is to keep an eye on water drainage around the base of your home. If water stands for too long while in contact with the concrete, it will eventually break down your foundation, resulting in leaks into your basement or crawl space.
Periodically, step outside while it is raining to see if there are any puddles near the foundation. If you find any, take note of where they are located. Then, once the rain stops, dig small channels to direct the water away from your home.
Also, check to make sure your gutters and drain spouts are working properly. If they are clogged up or not in alignment, they may be pouring water directly onto the foundation. If so, clean out your gutters, then make sure the drain spouts are still attached.
Repair Hairline Cracks Before They Get Larger
Once or twice a month, walk around your home to see if you find any hairline cracks in your foundation's concrete. Although these cracks may be small right now, they will eventually wear down and grow larger.
If you see any hairline cracks, cover and fill them in with epoxy glue to seal the small gaps. You can use the spout that comes attached to the bottle to apply the epoxy.
Maintain Space for Air Flow to Prevent Fungal Growth
More than just an eyesore, fungal growth from mold or mildew can damage your foundation's concrete. When allowed to grow on your foundation because shrubbery or plants are blocking air flow and light, the roots and chemicals from the fungi could eventually break down the concrete.
To keep the mildew and mold from growing, make sure you leave at least a foot or two between the foundation and your plants. This should allow enough air and light into the space to rob the fungi of their ideal growing environment.
Using the above tips can help you keep ahead of any future problems with your home's foundation, including cracking and leaking. However, if you find extensive damage, contact a foundation contractor to have them inspect the concrete structure and discuss with you options for repairing the damage.
Contact a company like RCW Construction for more information and assistance.