It has finally arrived—the 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 to the locals! But while this season calls for more outdoor activities, it should also be a time to reflect on the health of your home. Make sure your foundation is safe and in a condition to stay that way. But how can this cooler weather affect your foundation? Discover more from the professionals you trust and see what we can do to help if you have any foundation questions.
Knowing How to Keep Your Foundation Safe
Your foundation needs care, even if you aren’t aware of it. But how do you take care of concrete? The best ways to care for your foundation really have more to do with preventing damage from happening in the first place.
- 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, storms, and falling leaves, gutters can quickly clog. This forces rain to spill over the edges, landing, and pooling against your foundation. This excess moisture causes the area’s clay-laden soil to expand and create pressure against the walls of your slab. With enough movement and pressure, your foundation could eventually crack.
- Monitor your yard for other areas of gathering water. Low spots in your yard or other areas along your home can collect water. 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. But each home is built differently than the last. So, you might be limited in your choices or have more options than others. Don’t worry, we can help.
- Look for cracks. Cracks in masonry, stucco, and concrete can all point to signs of foundation movement. Of course, 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 act 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.
Cooler Weather Coming? Trust Our Foundation Company to Help
For nearly 40 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 we stand behind our work with a fully transferrable lifetime warranty. If you have any questions for our team concerning how cooler weather can affect your foundation, take a look at our other blogs or send us a message. Our team is ready to help you in any way we can.