Whether your home is brand new or decades old, it's always a good idea to take steps that will help keep your foundation in good shape as the years pass. Here are a just a few tips and tricks you can use to get the job done:
Waterproof Your Basement
You can help keep your home's foundation in good shape and reduce the possible need for future repairs by having your basement waterproofed. Even if your basement isn't prone to flooding, it could collect moisture as the seasons change. And if moisture is allowed to build up in the corners and crevices, and inside the walls themselves, it could find its way into your foundation weeks, months, or years from now.
Whether you use the basement to store things or you never step foot in there, waterproofing your basement will help ensure that moisture isn't able to build up inside your basement or seep into the foundation and weaken it as time goes on. Waterproofing your basement will also make the space more comfortable and livable, which could allow you to expand your home's overall square footage when all is said and done.
Commit to Regular Inspections
It's also important to make sure that your home's foundation is inspected every couple years or so to ensure that there are no underlying problems, such as hairline cracks, developing. If small problems can be spotted early, those problems can be addressed quickly, efficiently, and affordably before they get so serious that your home becomes unsafe to live in.
Ask your contractor whether they can offer you a maintenance plan for your foundation that ensures proper maintenance and inspections as time goes on without you having to worry about doing any legwork or making any appointments yourself. If you can't find a maintenance plan to invest in, you can keep tabs on your foundation by scheduling a basic inspection once a year with a trusted service provider in your area.
Be Mindful When Watering
You can inadvertently damage your home's foundation if water is able to collect and sit around your home's perimeter while you water your grass. Making sure that your grass isn't able to grow too close to your home's foundation will not only reduce the need for watering near the foundation, but will also minimize the chance that grass roots will damage the foundation as time goes on.
You can place gravel, mulch, or pebbles between your home and grass to create a barrier. The barrier will absorb extra water before it has a chance to get to your foundation when watering the grass, and it will create an appealing landscape feature that should be easy to take care of as time goes on.