Saturday 26 September 2020


As any homeowner will know, wear and tear on a property is perfectly normal and should be expected on some level.

However, some problems are more severe than others and can be more costly to repair. Where possible, it’s important to try and protect your home from certain damage to avoid having to deal with expensive restoration projects in the future. 

Protecting your home’s foundations is one of the key ways to avoid cracks and leaks. Whether your property is built on concrete or helical piles, if the soil is too dry or too moist, the foundations can shift and cause damage to the building above.

 With that said, try and keep the soil around your property watered during summer and remove any pools of water after heavy rainfall. 

It would also be wise to refrain from planting any trees too close to your building, as these will soak up an excess moisture in the soil and cause it to shrink.

Check your guttering and drainage for any damage or blockages, as it’s important to ensure its doing it’s job properly and removing excess water away from your home. 

It’s also important to try and monitor the comings and goings of the local area just in case there is any upcoming buildingwork that may upset your building’s foundations. 

Another way to avoid leaks in your home is to keep an eye on the roof tiles. Sometimes they can fall off or just become damaged, so it’s important to observe them from time to time so you can make any appropriate repairs or replacements. 

As a homeowner, you should always be checking your home for signs of damage so that you can get on the case as soon as possible and avoid any catastrophes.

 Doors and windows that stick or won’t close at all, are signs that your foundations might have shifted, but don’t panic until you’ve had professional advice on what to do about it!

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