Owning a home is a major investment. As such, you want to make sure that you do everything you can to keep it in good shape at all times. The last thing you want is something ruining your home, especially when it could have been avoided. To help prevent your foundation from sustaining water damage, check out some of these tips below.
Extend the length of your gutters.
One of the easiest ways to take control of the water around your home is to place extenders on the end of your gutters. The farther you can carry the rain water away from your home, the less chance it has of damaging your foundation and pooling around your home. Try to extend the gutters out another couple of feet to make sure they are able to carry the rain farther away. It only takes a few minutes to hook up the extenders and seal them in place, but the benefits are well worth it in the end.
Add a barrier around your home.
Another simple tip for being able to keep the water away from your home is to add a barrier around your foundation. Taking a bunch of sand and adding a six to twelve-inch barrier all along your perimeter can prevent the water from being able to sit against your concrete foundation. The sand will absorb the water and prevent it from going any farther. Consider making the barrier a few inches high as well. This will make sure nothing is able to penetrate your barrier.
Seal the perimeter.
One of the other things you could look into doing is adding a sealant all along your foundation. This sealant will help to protect your home and repel the water. However, you need to use this in coordination with the other tips to give an added layer of protection. Beyond sealing the outside of your home, you might want to look into sealing the inside of your basement as well. This will help make sure your concrete is going to stay in top shape for quite some time.
By taking the above into consideration and implementing the tips around your home, you can begin making a difference in how your home is going to be able to deal with water. Rain and snow are inevitable, but that doesn't mean you have to let them destroy your home.
For more help with waterproofing your home, contact a company like Sammons Waterproofing.
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