As with all things, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to keeping your foundation in good condition. Whether your investment properties have a slab foundation or a pier and beam, a lot of the maintenance involves keeping the soil around the perimeter of the property healthy. Here’s how a landscaping company can provide the lawn maintenance and irrigation tools to do just that:
1 Consider asking your landscapers about root barricades. If you’ve ever seen an old sidewalk next to a growing tree, you’ve seen the sort of havoc tree roots can wreak in the course of its growth. You don’t want roots pushing against or into your foundation, and root barricades can act as a defensive wall to dissuade the branches or encourage them to grow in a different direction. In some extreme cases, you might want to have the tree removed, but trees are so good for temperature regulation and shade that you should only consider this if the tree presents a real risk.
2 Ensure your foundation is watered regularly. Extended dry periods can make your foundation shift or crack because of contracting or moving dirt beneath the surface. This is especially true if you live in an area with clay since contracting clay soil makes your foundation sink. If your region has been dry with high temperatures recently, walk around the perimeter of your house and look for where the soil has pulled away from the building. Having no gap means your soil has enough moisture, while gaps mean you need to water the soil until it swells and the gaps disappear.
Real estate investments pay off the most when they’re regularly cared for. Hiring a landscaping company not only protects the lawn and encourages new tenants through an appealing first look, but it does its part in keeping the soil around the foundation healthy.