Having the foundation of your Baton Rouge home repaired can be quite an ordeal. There’s no doubt it is vital to the health and value of your home, but it is also important to know that the process doesn’t end when the trucks and equipment leave your driveway. The elements and variables that breach the integrity of your foundation will continue. With that being said, it’s important you understand your responsibilities as the homeowner to prevent future damage.
A quality, caring, premier foundation repair company will stand by their work. The most emphatic way to do this is by offering a lifetime, fully transferrable warranty. This practice assures the homeowner of a couple key things. First, they are getting high quality work done on the most critical part of their home. Second, should, if for any reason, the repaired foundation resettle, it will be covered.
While the repair is done well, and the peace of mind is great, there are some important measures that need to be followed. For the drilled-pier method, which is ideal for south Louisiana homes in the Baton Rouge and north shore area, the good thing is that these are very easy steps to take and will make any potential corrections much easier.
-Keep the holes over the piers covered with dirt. It can be easy for the dirt covering these piers to wash away in a storm or from a pet investigating. However it is imperative to keep these covered with dirt to prevent water from collecting on the piers.
-No water should collect or stand around the slab. This is a key factor in the cause of foundation damage. As water collects around your home it causes the soil against your foundation to expand. As it dries, the soil will contract. The next time it rains, it will expand again. This constant pulsing causes damage to the foundation.
-Ensure proper drainage/run-off. Drainage and plumbing issues are the cause of most re-shims. It is the responsibility of the property owner to ensure adequate drainage/run-off of water from the property. Water should always flow away from the structure.
By following these few simple tips, you can keep foundation in great condition. By equipping your home with guttering, run off and water collection should be an easy task. Landscaping around your home can also keep the holes over the piers properly protected. Down the road, continued care of your foundation will pay dividends for the repair in which you’ve already invested.