Spring has sprung, and with the changing season comes a number of new concerns for homeowners. As the weather warms up and the rain begins to fall more frequently, it’s important to ensure that your home is ready for the changing season in order to avoid any foundation issues that the warming weather and increased rainfall can cause.
In addition to spring cleaning, here are a few tasks you may want to take care of this spring to prepare your home for the changing season.
Clean Out Your Gutters
Gutters can collect a lot of debris during the fall and winter seasons as the trees around your home shed their leaves. When the rain begins to fall more frequently during the spring, these clogged gutters can present a real problem.
The gutter system is your home’s first layer of defense against foundation damage caused by excess water. If your gutters aren’t able to effectively direct water away from your foundation, though, the excess water could erode away the soil beneath your foundation and even damage the cement itself. In order to keep this from happening, it’s a good idea to thoroughly clean out your gutters and make sure that they are ready for all of those springtime thunderstorms.
Check Your Foundation
The winter season can be hard on foundations as the cold weather causes the soil beneath the foundation to contract. Now that winter is over, it’s a good time to check your foundation and make sure that there are no obvious issues. If you notice any cracks in your foundation – even cracks that you consider to be small – it’s important to contact a foundation repair service as soon as possible before these cracks grow larger.
Start Getting Your Landscaping in Order
Proper landscaping plays an essential role in protecting your foundation. Since the spring and summer seasons are the time when landscaping is in full-swing, now is a good time to make sure that your landscaping practices aren’t harming your home’s foundation.
Start by trimming tree branches that are close to your home so that debris and water off of the branches do not collect in your gutters and around your foundation. Next, if you intend to use a sprinkler system to water your lawn, make sure that the nozzles are not directly spraying the soil around your foundation. Lastly, if you have large trees growing near enough to your home that the root system is able to reach your foundation, you may want to consider having those trees removed in order to keep the roots from damaging your foundation as they grow out.
Check Your Chimney
Chimney’s need to be resealed ever so often in order to prevent water from seeping in-between the joints in the bricks or stones. If you notice a white, calcium-like deposit growing on your chimney, it’s a good sign that the joints are absorbing water rather than repelling it and need to be resealed.
It’s also important to check and make sure that your chimney is still standing upright at a ninety-degree angle. If your chimney is leaning or tilting, this is a sign that your foundation has incurred damage and needs to be repaired.
Check Your Basement or Crawlspace
The rainy days of spring can lead to flooding in the basement or crawlspace of your home, and it’s important to check it periodically to make sure that there are no signs of flooding or water damage.
Common signs of water damage in a basement or crawlspace include a strong musty odor, the presence of mold, condensation on your pipes, ductwork, and insulation, and/or buckled or rotting hardwood.
If you are concerned about water getting into your crawlspace or basement, you may wish to waterproof your home. Or, if your crawlspace or basement has already been flooded, crawlspace recovery may be the most effective way to restore your home back to excellent condition. Both waterproofing and crawlspace recovery are services that we offer at Abry Brothers.
Nestled between the harsh seasons of winter and summer, the spring season is a good time to ensure that your home has not been damaged over the winter and is ready for the upcoming summer. When you factor in all of the excess rainfall that comes along with spring, it becomes especially important to make sure that your home is ready for everything this season brings.
By following the advice outlined above, you should be able to protect your home against most of the issues that often arise during the spring. If, however, you discover that your foundation or your basement/crawlspace has already incurred damage, we invite you to contact us today. The foundation repair experts at Abry Brothers will be able to assess your home and repair the damage, leaving your home ready for whatever the spring season throws at it.