Maintaining Your Investment

April 16th, 2013

So, your job is done…you called the professionals to come in and fix the foundation cracks and the sagging floors, and now you are done, right? Many homeowners go through the painstaking trouble of searching for the right person to do their home repairs. They search and search, and even get advice from friends and neighbors. They seek out reviews and positive ratings from accredited business agencies. They call in those professionals, have them work on their home, spend tons of money in the process, even adding in the “extra” features…and the job is done…or is it?

After having the work done, the mistake that most homeowners make is that they do not do anything to maintain their investment. As long as you own a home, your job is never done. I once had an inspector tell me that if you work on one project a week, even if it’s a small one, you are simply maintaining your home. That does not mean that things will not go wrong, as they always do, however, you are helping to prevent the need for major repairs.

If you have invested your hard-earned money to repair your cracked foundation, you should also take some steps to ensure the foundation is properly maintained. If you went through the trouble of having the foundation professionally repaired, take the extra step to ensure long lasting positive results.

The experts suggest following these steps to maintain the integrity of your newly repaired foundation in Mississippi:

  • Inspect your foundation regularly
  • Patch any cracks
  • Check surrounding areas for any erosion
  • Make sure you have proper drainage
  • Slope land away from the foundation
  • Watch for drainage paths – ensure proper drainage around foundation
  • Watch for areas of pooling – use gravel if needed
  • Check for excessive moisture around the foundation
  • Ensure proper moisture is constant – not too dry or too moist
  • Check gutters regularly
  • Check the plumbing of your home for leaks
  • Remove trees and shrubbery that “live” close to the foundation

Brien Sharp and his team at Foundation Supportworks of Northern Mississippi can permanently stabilize your foundation and restore value to your greatest investment. They have over 41 years of experience providing homeowners with expert foundation repair in Greater Jackson, including Meridian, Columbus, Brandon, Vicksburg, Greenville, Starkville, Pearl, Greenwood, Clinton and surrounding areas.

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