Anytime we have a procedure, or get something new, there are certain activities and directions that accompany these experiences. If you buy a new car, there is a “break in” period that most manufacturers recommend, where you ease the engine in over the first 1,000 miles or so. If you have any type of surgery, your doctor will recommend certain activities that will help your body heal. It can be physical therapy, medication or avoiding certain chores, but this is all to prevent damage. The way you deal with your home after having the foundation repaired is no different.
Here are six tips to keep in mind after you have foundation damage repaired.
1.) No cosmetic work for 6 weeks: Once the foundation is repaired it will still take several weeks to settle. Any work done before your home settles from the lifting and is stable on its new piers can be undone by this movement.
2.) Install gutters if necessary and/or possible: Gutters are a key way to control moisture and precipitation. Homes without gutters will let rain fall off of the roof, forcing it to land and collect along the home’s foundation. This is the primary cause of foundation damage as the water forces the soil to expand. Gutters can prevent this.
3.) Keep the piers covered with dirt at all times: The piers that will be installed to keep your foundation working properly need to be protected. This is achieved by keeping them covered with dirt at all times.
4.) Ensure that water is draining away from the home: Just as the gutters mentioned above will keep your foundation safe; so will managing the drainage in other areas of your lawn. Water should be channeled away from the foundation. Gutters, downspouts and other drainage practices keep water away from your foundation and prevent the soil from becoming saturated and creating more damage.
5.) Maintain your plumbing: Just as water outside of your home can cause damage, so can water that comes from inside your home. If you have experienced plumbing problems in the past or have any concerns, now is the time to address them. Any leaks from your plumbing system can saturate the foundation and soil, creating the same foundation damage that can occur from poor precipitation drainage.
6.) Keep your warranty and foundation repair contract in a safe place: If and when you decide to sell your home, this warranty and contract will prove that your foundation has been repaired. Also, the warranty may be able to be transferred to the buyer, enhancing your home’s resale value.
These are just a few simple tips to keep in mind after you’ve had your foundation repaired. By following these guidelines you will save money, time and stress. If you think that your home has foundation damage, it is important to trust a local, licensed foundation repair company. For over 30 years WCK Foundation Repair has been helping south Louisiana home and business owners. WCK uses the only proven method for foundation repair for our unique soil conditions. They also stand behind their work with a fully transferable lifetime warranty. To learn more, visit our foundation repair page.