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Posted: Sunday, September 24, 2017 8:58 AM


Water Your Foundation
Home inspections are very important. Not only when you are in the process of buying a home, or selling a home, but it is also necessary to have a home inspection, where you've been living for years. Early home inspections can save you, just in case the house has any problems that could become costly surprises down the road.

You can hire home inspection services to get expert care, but you can also do this on your own. Inspection includes all the structural elements and systems of the home such as framing, roof and attic, foundation, walls, electrical system, plumbing system, heating and air conditioning systems, kitchen, bathrooms, etc.

After all those home inspections, you were able to identify which should be fixed and how to maintain them. On the maintenance, don't ever forget the FOUNDATION of your house. This is usually being missed, thinking that it should always be stable.

Your home has to have a strong and stable foundation for your family and home's safety. A lot of things can happen if this is not taken good care of.

Summer season or extended dry periods can cause shifting or cracking in the foundation of homes. Soils are like sponge, they swell when they absorb water and they shrink when they lose water. Soils tend to dry out and shrink during the summer and absorb water and swell during the winter and spring. When soil becomes dry, the soil contracts, and the foundation sinks or shifts.

As the soil under a house shrinks and swells with the seasons, the house and foundation will move up and down. As long as the foundation movement is not great enough to damage the house or the foundation, it is not a problem. And if the up and down movement of a foundation always returns the foundation to its original level position, then damage to the house and foundation may appear and disappear on a regular basis as the seasons change. This will cause a lot of possible damages to your home. The causes include cracks on the wall, pipes breaking, chimneys shifting, and brick veneer cracks. These can be very dangerous. But this can be avoided.

See how here:Water Your Foundation

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