During my years as a third-party home warranty inspector, I inspected thousands of homes in the Oklahoma City Metro area. I noticed these homeowners did not understand what I’ve been sharing about in this article and did not keep an eye out for water ponding in the yard (sitting in one area for 48 hours or more). Also, many did not exercise due diligence in maintaining the lawn against the foundation. During the summer months, they let the grass die or the ground dry out too much against the foundation – which then does not supply adequate friction against the foundation. Sometimes this area was too wet. There was not enough positive flow away from the foundation and water was going under the slab or flooding the grass out. Without grass, how will you maintain a static moisture content?
Many folks question, “Didn’t my builder give me a good foundation?” Yes, more than likely they did. However, it does take some knowledge, maintenance, and being proactive to keep it in good condition. At the same time, it is hard to maintain what you do not understand. Houses are not a “set it and forget it” proposition.
Houses are a compilation of hundreds of different materials put together by dozens of different trades. Normally, this happens on a piece of land that’s never had such a large, heavy object on it. Don’t get me wrong. I have seen my fair share of cut corners and half-measures by trades, most of the times unaware to the builder.
Coming up with a plan and implementing it takes time. Yes, you can fix the visible stuff: cracked tiles, effervescence (Alkyd salts), peeling paint, cracked caulking, cracked drywall, bowed walls, leaking walls, heaved floors, settling floors, etc. But sometimes you need to work backwards, starting with a healthy land drainage with a healthy building physiology outlook. This takes a game plan, time, monitoring and evaluation, and often the willingness to think outside of the box. We must learn and take action for possibly the largest investment of our lifetime – our home.
TOP DRAWER Residential & Commercial Maintenance can help you assess your home’s current status and help you create and maintain a game plan for that investment. Contact us today!