Improperly placed downspout
Downspouts should be directed away from your property’s foundation. As a rule, you can extend your property’s downspouts by at least 5 feet away from the walls otherwise the rainwater will only accumulate near the foundation. Another trick that you can do is to add a few extenders that can extend the reach of the downspouts. Also, you can try adding a diverter that can be buried underground, which can drain the rainwater in a canal or a special area where the water will eventually drain into the soil.
Planting trees and shrubs near the property’s foundation and walls
Planting trees and shrubs near the walls and foundation may add style, but it can cause some serious issues after some time. Plants and trees can compete with the soil around the foundation for moisture during dry months, thus forcing the foundation to sink and settle in an uneven manner. This is the main reason why doors and windows will crack and may stick in their frames. If the leaves or the branches of the trees touch the walls of your property, consider this as an indication that the trees are planted too close.
Ignoring the cracks on the foundation and walls
Cracks that have formed on the floors or the walls should not be ignored. Remember, these cracks aren’t just eyesores, these can reflect the sad state of the structural integrity of your property. Learn how to spot the difference between ‘harmless cracks’ and serious cracks that can undermine your property. Cracks that measure at least 1/16 inch should be considered a red flag, thus should serve as a reminder for you to finally take measure. Try a DIY approach using foundation crack repair kits, or work with professionals who understand foundation cracks.