Spring Cleaning: Is Your Home Ready?

Spring Cleaning: Is Your Home Ready?

Spring cleaning is a way to remove a year’s worth of dust, dirt, and debris from both the inside and outside of your home. Before undertaking any cleaning job, make sure the item you are cleaning is in excellent condition; as broken, worn, or unusable fixtures will need replacing. Now is the perfect time for St. Louis homeowners to contact The Foundation Doctor, before beginning any water-intensive cleaning tasks. Whether removing leaves and debris from gutters, preparing soil in the garden or flowerbeds, or pressure washing exterior areas, The Foundation Doctor’s experts can determine if your home’s foundation and walls are safe, dry, and hazard-free.

Prevent Water Damage Before It Happens

Water damage can affect foundations, walls, crawl spaces, and other areas of your home, and there are hidden dangers of having too much moisture. If a home takes on too much water and is unable to drain properly, physical damage to the home occurs and can affect its occupants. Check with The Foundation Doctor before beginning any intensive spring cleaning task.

Some of the most common causes of springtime water accumulation include melting snow and ice, a higher-than-average rainfall, and activities such as pressure washing and home maintenance. Since all of these involve relatively large amounts of moisture, deposited close to a home’s foundation, the longer water stays close to your foundation, the more damage it can cause. Checking for areas of pooling water is one way to know your home may need its drainage systems checked. At The Foundation Doctor, we’re experts at knowing the best method for removing excess water away from your home’s foundation; while inspecting and repairing any possible damage existing drainage systems may have caused.

Put Decorating/Remodeling Plans On Hold

Many homeowners are able to recognize when something is not right with the outside of their home, but what about the inside? While you may be able to see cracks on walls, water pooling in basements, and doors that do not close properly, health dangers such as insect infestations and mold/fungi growth can hide but cause tremendous physical and financial damage to homes and their residents.  That’s where The Foundation Doctor’s expertise is far superior to a layperson’s. Our professionals inspect for the possibility of water damage and will check surrounding areas to notify homeowners where damage has occurred and what can be done to prevent future occurrences.

This is why it is important to have a foundation check-up before any springtime redecorating plans are made. If damage needs to be repaired, it is best to do so before money is spent on finishing touches.

Is There Anything I Can Do?

Homeowners can use their senses to detect if their homes may have a problem with drainage, a water leak, or foundation issue. To inspect, some of the most common things to look for are:

  • Pooling water around the home’s foundation after a heavy water accumulation.
  • An increased amount of pest activity or mold/mildew growth.
  • Doors and windows that do not hang, operate, or close properly.
  • Basement areas seem damp and have areas of pooling water.

Fortunately, there are some preventative measures homeowners can do that will reduce their chances of incurring costly water damage and foundation repairs. These include:

  • Having your home inspected annually by a qualified expert to ensure all drainage areas are functioning as intended.
  • Not overwatering plants, bushes, and other areas near your home’s foundation. This also includes vehicle washing, pool draining, and other tasks which may put an abundance of water in close contact with your home.
  • Using anti-microbial treatments and mold-inhibiting paints. If an existing problem is not treated, this will not help in those affected areas; however, it can kill fungal growth on applied surfaces. Fungicides can also prevent growth in homes with no existing mold or mildew damage.

Spring is here! Now is the time to call The Foundation Doctor today and get your home ready both inside and out.