Top Tips For Preparing Your Home Against Cracks And Leaks

Cracks and leaks are inevitable in older buildings, and newer ones too, if they are built on dodgy foundations. They are annoying and usually quite costly to repair, so homeowners should try their utmost to protect their home and avoid such inconveniences. Here are some tips from a signal foundations company.

Pay attention to your home; if there are problems with the foundations, you will soon notice the early warning signs. The earlier you spot the signs, the less time and money it will take to have repairs made. Here are some of the main clues:

Your doors start to jam or won’t stay closed
Your walls are cracking near doors and windows, or where walls meet ceilings
Your patio or driveway also starts cracking
Your windows start to stick
Your ceilings start to leak after rainfall

There are many things you can do to prevent damage to your home’s foundations, and therefore protect it from cracks and leaks. Firstly, you need to stop water from pooling near the building by ensuring you have a suitable drainage system. You also need to keep this from getting blocked with leaves and other debris. If the ground becomes too saturated, the soil will expand and increase the amount of stress on your walls.

Likewise, you also need to ensure the ground doesn’t get too dry, as this will cause the soil to shrink and your walls will move into the fresh gap. Even tiny shifts in your building’s foundations can wreak havoc inside your home. During warmer weather, be sure to keep the ground watered. You should also refrain from planting trees too close to the building, as they will soak up the moisture.

Leaks can also be caused by things like broken roof tiles, so it’s important that you keep an eye on parts of your home you might not normally think about. This will help you avoid more serious problems in the future, which could become significantly more costly to fix.

Sarah x

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7 Comments

  1. Jenny in Neverland January 13, 2020 / 4:42 pm

    Great tips – we’ve had some pretty bad leaks in the kitchen in the past x

  2. Bethany Jane January 16, 2020 / 11:59 am

    Great tips here. I live in a rented home but we had roof tiles fall off last year and our landlord still hasn’t had them fixed which is annoying!
    Beth x Adventure & Anxiety

  3. Rosie Ireland February 1, 2020 / 6:14 pm

    This is my idea of hell – I really hope that this post helps people when they need it! Home is my palace!
    Rosie

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