When it comes to your home, the foundation is easily the most important facet. Foundation problems can cost you a tremendous amount of money and create long standing damage to your home that you may not have been able to account for. However, there are many things that you can do to protect your foundation and basement for the long haul, so that you get the best living experience out of your home, while also protecting the overall value of the property. 

#1: Hire Grading Contractors To Fix Built In Deficiencies

A lot of times, people dry their basement and clean them up when drainage is slow or poor. While this is necessary, this really only prolongs the inevitable and puts a bandage on the issue instead of solving it once and for all. With houses, the most prevalent reason that basements begin to leak is because the slope in land does not properly lead away from the home's foundation. When the slope leads into the foundation, you will continuously deal with moisture rushing your basement, which will lead to leaks, flooding, mold and water damage. 

To fix this, hire a grading contractor to rectify all slope issues. The best slope is typically at 5 percent, or a 6 inch incline in relation to the first 10 feet. These contractors will be able to create the necessary angles and fill areas in the perimeter of your home that foster the flow of moisture to your foundation. 

#2: Water Your Lawn Frequently

When soil becomes deficient of hydration, it tends to swell during heavy rains and shrink during dryer periods. This constant change will begin to create cracks in your foundation, which can be detrimental to your property. To make sure that this doesn't happen, you can water your lawn on a regular basis, thus, maintaining even and consistent levels of moisture in your soil throughout the months. This small measure will go a long way toward protecting the longevity of your foundation and basement. 

#3: Heed The Indoor Signs Of Foundation Damage

While the foundation might seem like an exterior issue, the telltale signs of foundation damage will manifest indoors. There are some common signs that you are experiencing issues with your foundation, including doors that are struggling to close, cracks in the walls, sticking windows and splitting in your floors. While the home might take a while to settle, these can be signs of serious issues, which must be addressed as quickly as possible. To do that, you'll need to touch base with a grading contractor who can settle your foundation issues for you. 

Take full advantage of these tips, so that you're able to protect your foundation for years to come. 

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