Foundation Tip #1:

April showers bring may flowers, but they can also bring movement to your home. Proper drainage is essential to maintain your slab or pier and beam foundations. Water pooling against your slab or penetrating your crawlspace can cause settling or upheaval as well as wood rot and can even attract insects.

Proper skirting and ventilation, gutters, and drainage corrections are all effective ways to combat the effects of water penetration. If you notice any of these situations occurring during the frequent South Texas spring storms, snap a picture with your phone. This will allow an inspector to see what is happening, even if it isn’t raining during their visit.
Call Allen’s Foundation today to schedule a free in-home consultation. We can remedy these issues and many more so that you as a homeowner can feel confident in the health of your home.
Foundation Tip #2:

One of the most important but also easiest things you can do to help maintain your home’s foundation is to perform periodic visual inspections. Walk around the perimeter of your home and look for different signs that may indicate that your foundation is settling.

One of the most obvious signs that your foundation is shifting is exterior cracking. You may notice cracks in your brick/mortar/siding, especially near doors and windows and also expansion joints. If you notice cracks on your home, keep a log of their size and location. Ideally, you want to check them periodically to monitor for additional movement.
Another sign that you may be experiencing settling is soil subsidence. Look around the bottom of your home, especially in areas where the grade runs away from the home. Water erosion can cause soils to migrate away from the base of your home leaving behind low spots or voids that can allow a home to settle. Adding soils in these areas and planting grass can help alleviate this issue, as the roots help hold the soils in place.
If you notice issues like these appearing on your property, call a qualified foundation repair company to schedule a professional evaluation. Allen’s Foundation provides free in-home consultations as long as you own the home. Call today to schedule yours!