Landscaping, drainage, slope, and soil are part of the factors that will determine if your Maryland foundation is damaged during a storm. Did you also know that it only takes a minor amount of water to offset and crack your whole foundation possibly? That’s why it’s important to your commercial property’s overall well-being to take the proper precautions during and before a storm. In addition, your foundation holds your property up, so this blog post will provide you with ways to protect your Maryland foundation during a storm.
Ensure Your Commercial Property Has Excellent Drainage
Your commercial property’s drainage systems are vital to preventing foundation problems after or during a storm in Maryland. Thus, the goal is to direct the water away from your structure instead of beneath your foundation. Also, the best way to ensure this happens is to ensure your building is adequately set up regarding drainage and gutters. This means you must easily clean the gutters and take on the water. If the gutters are clogged with animal nests or leaves, the water will not drain and cascade down your property’s sides. As a result, this will trigger damage to the siding and foundation.
Determine if Your Landscape Slopes Down and Away from Foundation
Another essential way to protect your Maryland foundation during a storm is to determine if your landscape slopes down and away from your foundation. The slope should be a minimum of 6 inches over a 10-foot span from your building’s foundation. This also prevents water from lingering around the foundation and sneaking in.
Don’t Allow Soil to Dry Out Around Your Area
Lastly, don’t permit the soil around your area to become too dry, or else the soil will shrink. When it rains in Maryland, dry soil quickly expands for your foundation walls to handle the pressure. During a drought, utilize a soaker hose to spray the soil surrounding your structure. Additionally, make sure to direct the hose at least 6 inches away from your foundation and a good 3 inches below the soil. Remember to protect your Maryland foundation during a storm by constantly checking for any cracks, dark spots, and leaks!
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