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As a homeowner, you’re likely to come across a crack or leak in your property at some point, but there are measure you can take to try and prevent this from happening. I have joined forces with a pile foundation design company, who are responsible for installing property foundations, to discuss ways you can protect your home from cracks and leaks.
Walls and ceilings often tend to crack because of the shifts to a building, which usually happen underground. With that said, be sure to prevent a build up of water around your property, because damp soil expands which puts pressure on the foundations. Likewise, when the soil is dry it tends to shrink and the foundations move into the new gaps, so keep your soil moist during the warmer months.
Inspecting your guttering is probably low down on your list of priorities, but it’s actually a super important way of protecting your home from damage. If your guttering becomes blocked with leaves and other debris, or damaged in any way, rainwater can overflow and pour onto the walls below which can lead to leaks and other damage.
Heavy light fixtures and other installations can put pressure on the walls and ceilings in your home, so be sure to seek advice before installing any heavy interior fittings.
This is another task you probably haven’t thought about, but it’s important to check your roof every so often and replace any loose or broken shingles. They are designed to channel water away from the roof, so if they break or become loose, you may end up with a leak.
If you do happen to be struggling with cracks and leaks in your property, it may be best to speak to a professional to help you resolve the issue.