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Tuesday, 8 December 2020

Protecting Your Home Against Cracks & Leaks

Protecting Your Home Against Cracks & Leaks

Maintaining a home often feels like a full-time job, but it’s important to do so in order to avoid costly repairs later down the line. For instance, if you don’t take appropriate measures to protect your home against cracks and leaks, you’ll end up with a much larger problem in the future. 


Oftentimes, the cause of cracks and leaks in your home is the result of issues with your building’s foundations*. Buildings settle and shift overtime; this movement is so minor that we don’t even notice it. However, if the foundations move a little too much, problems can occur above ground. Here are some tell-tale signs that there may be some issues with your foundations, and some information on how to avoid them:

  • Doors that stick or fail to latch
  • Windows that stick or don’t close completely
  • Cracks in walls, particularly near windows, doors or where the wall meets the ceiling
  • Cracks in your patio or driveway

When soil becomes too moist after heavy rainfall, it expands and can put too much pressure on your building’s foundations. With that said, avoid letting water pool around your property. Check your drainage regularly to ensure it is working as it should and isn’t blocked or damaged. Likewise, soil that is too dry can also be a problem because it shrinks. As a result, your foundations may move into the newfound gap. During the summer months, make sure to water the soil around your home and avoid planting trees too close to the property, as they will soak up any excess moisture. 

However, it is not just the foundations of your building that might cause issues with your home. Be sure to check the roof regularly and replace any damaged or missing shingles, as they are designed to keep the water out

House Repairs of Cracks and Leaks

When did you last check your house for repairs?

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