Foundation Repairs - What To Look For
Small cracks in your foundation can look harmless however it doesn’t
take much for the elements to make their way into your home. Cold air
and heat are lost through such foundation cracks or holes. Water will
damage foundations as well if cracks are left untreated. They also allow
a great entry point for rodents and pests. In cold weather rodents will
do anything to get in where it is warm. That's why it's important to
make foundation repairs as soon as you see these signs.
This fall do a thorough inspection of the perimeter of your home. Check
for any signs of cracks or holes in the block of your foundation. If so
repair them. You can buy cement patch or filler depending on the size of
the crack or hole.
Look for small holes in siding or stucco and repair them immediately.
Also check all cables, water spigots, and air-conditioning pipes to make
sure they are properly caulked where they enter the home. Many rodents
will chew through old caulking and insulation to gain access to your
home. These gaps allow your heating energy to escape and these costs add
Though caulking or silicone is recommended for large jobs on such entry
points, you can use expanding foam like “Great Stuff” for cracks that
are small enough, like under ½ inch. You spray expanding foam into the
crack then it expands sealing drafts airtight. This foam can also be
painted to keep looking nice and will work both in and outdoors.
Simple home maintenance like foundation repairs will save you energy,
money, future costly repairs and the frustration of dealing with those
pesky rodents. It’s easy and inexpensive but be sure to do it before the
weather gets too cold. Many of the caulks and sealers cannot cure
properly in colder temperatures.