As homeowners, we are all guilty of putting off small maintenance tasks in favour of relaxing and other leisure activities. However, protecting your home against various types of damage should be a top priority, otherwise you might end up with some costly repairs later down the line. For instance, a crack in the ceiling/wall may lead to more severe problems, like a leak, which can then result in damp and mould. Often, cracks and leaks are caused by problems with the foundations of your property, so I have teamed up with a foundation solutions company to offer some tips on what you can do to prevent them.
When the soil surrounding your property is either too dry or too moist, your building’s foundations may be affected. For example, when the soil is too dry, it can shrink, which causes the foundations to shift into the newfound gap. When it’s too moist, it expands and can put pressure on the foundations. This can then lead to cracks above ground. With that said, be sure to use sprinklers during the summer months to prevent the ground drying up, and make sure you have adequate drainage to move excess rainfall away from your property during winter. Bear in mind that your gutters may become blocked from time to time with leaves and other debris, so you should check them regularly and stop them getting clogged.
Leaks can also be the result of missing or damaged roof tiles, so this is another thing you should monitor on a regular basis. Replace the tiles as soon as you notice they are missing or damaged, as they are there to keep the rain out. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this, don’t be afraid to seek out professional support. It would also be wise to check your windows from time to time and fill in any cracks around the brickwork. If the window sealant has decomposed, be sure to remove it and apply a new waterproof coating.
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