Prevent Foundation Repairs This Spring. -
Do yo know where your water is going? With spring just around the corner, Dallas will start getting, hopefully, some intense storms and water downpours. While the water is much needed in the region, too much water not flowing correctly away from the residence can spell bad new for any homeowner.
Before the storms hit, it is a good idea to inspect and clean the gutters and downspouts. During the fall and winter, leaves and debris can reduce or completely stop the flow of thousands of gallons of water during the raining season.
People usually underestimate the amount of water displaced by a roof. Just 1 inch of rain over a 2,000 square feet home will divert over 1,200 gallons of water. That 1200 gallons of water should removed from around residence correctly by evacuating it far enough not to cause foundation problems. That is were the gutters and downspouts come into play.
Homeowners should make sure the gutters are not clogged or leaking. Once the water reaches the downspouts, the water should be released at least 4 feet away from the residence. Extension pieces (downspouts extenders) should be used to make sure the water is discharged far away.
The slope of the yard surround the foundation is also important as the homeowners should make sure the water does not flow back towards the house or puddles and becomes stagnant too close to the residence’s foundation.
The principal cause of foundation problems and associated repairs in Dallas, is a fluctuation of the moisture content in the ground. Making sure water does not stand next to the foundation is key to maintaining the moisture level as even as possible and preventing foundation problems.
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