The end of the summer typically sees changes in the weather. In Kansas City, we are seeing nicer temperatures and some trees are already shedding their leaves. But what do leaves and a failing foundation have in common? Drainage.
How Clogged Gutters Can Damage Your Foundation
When the leaves fall from the trees they can cause poor drainage around your home. Gutters can clog easily causing water to run over and
straight to your foundation. When a gutter is full of leaves, it is no longer doing what it was designed to do. Gutters are supposed to direct the water to your downspouts and move the water away from your home.
If you have cleaned your gutters, but not your yard, you could also have a leaf levy around your foundation. This will trap the water from running away from your house, causing the need for foundation repair.
What are some of the steps you can take to keep water away from your foundation in the fall?
Keep trees trimmed back from the home
Install leaf guards
Install downspout balloon guard filters
Clean your Gutters
Use a garden hose to check gutter drainage
Install downspout extenders
It’s important to keep the soil around your home with the proper balance of moisture around your foundation. If your home has too much water in the soil, your foundation will expand. If the soil doesn’t have enough moisture, it will shrink and cause a void under your foundation walls.
Contact Norris Foundation Repair
If you have noticed cracks in your foundation walls it is important to call us for a free estimate. We will send out a foundation repair expert to provide you with a complete repair plan and quote to fix the issue.