What Does Cooler Weather Mean for my Foundation?

It has finally arrived.  That crisp, fresh air that requires you to grab a jacket as you head for the door.  A long overdue relief from the stifling humidity of the south Louisiana summer is always welcome.  While it means more outdoor activities, it should also be a time to take a look at your home and make sure your foundation is safe and in a condition to stay that way.  Here are a few fall tips to keep your foundation healthy.

  • Clean your gutters:  One of the best ways to keep your foundation safe is to keep your gutters clean and clear.  Of course after a summer of rain and storms and now with falling leaves, gutters can become clogged pretty quickly.  This forces rain to spill over the edges, landing and pooling against your foundation.  This excess moisture causes our clay-laden soil to expand and create pressure against the walls of your slab.
  • Monitor your yard for other areas of ponding water: Low spots in your yard or other areas along your home can collect water as well.  These areas need to be fixed for the same reasons listed above.  French drains or leveling the ground can be a good remedy to channel water away from your home.
  • Look for cracks:  Cracks in masonry, stucco and concrete can all point to signs of foundation movement.  Small hairline cracks very well may be normal wear.  However, large cracks that are different planes, or stair-stepping cracks in bricks can be a red flag.

These are only a few things to take notice of and action on now that the weather has changed.  If you think you may have a foundation problem it is important to get a trusted, foundation repair expert to assess your home as soon as possible.  For over 30 years WCK Foundation Repair has been helping home and business owners.  WCK offers the only proven method of repair for south Louisiana’s unique soil, and they stand behind their work with a fully transferrable lifetime warranty.  Check out the 7 signs of foundation damage for more information.

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