How to Protect Your Home Against Cracks & Leaks

by - 28 May

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As a homeowner, protecting your property against any kind of damage should be a key priority. Lots of us are guilty of shrugging things off as a minor inconvenience, but if you have a crack or a leak you should not ignore it. Brushing it under the carpet may lead to more severe problems, such as damp, mould and even some severe structural damage. 
 

On occasion, cracks and leaks are the result of movement of your building’s foundations. The trick is to spot the signs early so you can stop the cracks in their tracks. This will save you a lot of time and money going forward. Here are some of the things you should look out for:

· Are your doors jamming or refusing to stay closed?

· Are your windows sticking?

· Does your patio or driveway have any cracks?

· Does your ceiling leak after rainfall?

The foundations of your buildings might move for a number of reasons, which lead to the above issues. It’s usually to do with how much moisture is in the surrounding soil. For instance, if the soil becomes too dry, it will shrink and the foundations will shift into the newfound space. Alternatively, if it is too moist, the soil will expand and put too much pressure on the walls. With this in mind, you will need to make sure to use sprinklers on your property during hotter months so that the soil doesn’t dry up and install a drainage system so that water doesn’t pool after heavy rainfall. 
 

It’s also wise not to plant shrubs and trees to close to your property, as they will soak up any moisture in the ground. What’s more, when the trees become large, their roots might also wreak havoc underground.

Bear in mind that it isn’t just issues with the foundations of your home that can result in cracks and leaks; the roof can also cause issues. Make sure to inspect it every now and again, checking for broken or missing shingles. If you notice any, be sure to replace or repair as soon as you can.
 
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