Virginia Foundation Solutions
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Tips for Homeowners to Prevent Foundation Damage

Tips for Homeowners to Prevent Foundation Damage

As a homeowner, you know that preventative maintenance is important for improving the longevity of appliances and other items you rely on daily. As you protect items with maintenance, don’t forget to pay attention to foundation maintenance. Without a solid foundation, your home may no longer be a safe place for your family.

Fortunately, you can take several steps to avoid foundation-sinking problems that can lead to major repair bills. Don’t ignore the warning signs of foundation issues. Deploy foundation repair services and foundation maintenance steps to keep your home healthy and sturdy.

Tips for Avoiding Foundation Sinking

When you seek maximum protection for your home’s foundational integrity, you can perform foundation maintenance steps well before you notice any problems. Preventative maintenance steps for your home’s foundation can prevent issues from ever appearing. Some of the steps you can take include:

  • Look at your foundation regularly for signs of damage.
  • Install a sump pump in the basement.
  • Clean your gutters and downspouts regularly to ensure proper water flow.
  • Inspect and correct the slope of the dirt away from the foundation to encourage natural water flow.
  • Inspect your plumbing, automatic sprinklers, outdoor faucets, and other water sources near the foundation for leaks.

Watch Moisture Levels Around the Home

Although most foundation damage occurs because of excess water in the soil around the home, damage may occur if the soil is too dry, too. Excessively wet soil can push on the foundation, which may lead to cracks. Excessively dry soil may pull away from the foundation, causing it to shift outward and leading to cracks.

Take steps for proper soil drainage for foundation protection directly around the home. You can test and inspect the soil regularly to ensure appropriate moisture levels. Depending on the results, you may need to add a bit of moisture occasionally, or you may need to take steps to encourage better drainage.

Signs of Foundation Problems

If you have concerns that your foundation already has damage, you can still perform foundation maintenance work to prevent the problems from worsening. You should also call experts to visit your home and provide advice about potential repairs.

If you are still determining whether you are seeing serious problems, here are some signs of foundation issues.

  • Look for cracks in the foundation’s walls that appear to be widening.
  • Pay attention to any doors or windows sticking or not moving freely, as this could indicate a shift in the foundation.
  • Use a bubble level to test the chimney to see if it’s leaning.
  • Watch your basement walls to see if they begin bowing.
  • Look for moisture leaks that appear in the basement for no easily identifiable reason. 
  • Closely watch the soil around the home’s foundation; if you notice a gap between the soil and the foundation, this is a sign of potential problems.
  • Watch for low spots in the soil around the home where water collects, as this may indicate excess moisture in the soil around the house.

Maintaining Your Foundation the Right Way

Owning a home represents the largest investment you make in your lifetime. You need to protect that investment. When you hire concrete foundation contractors at Virginia Foundation Solutions, you can rely on us to perform steps to avoid foundation sinking. 

We will thoroughly inspect your home to determine what issues could lead to dangerous foundation problems. If you need better soil drainage for foundation protection, installation of foundation repair products, or other steps, we will do the job correctly the first time.

Our professional foundation maintenance solutions give you peace of mind about the integrity of your home. Let us protect your investment with structural foundation care you can trust. Call us today at 757-340-0917 for a free expert foundation inspection.

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Quality materials and workmanship. Matt answered all our questions, even after hours, and Miguel and his crew were efficient and resolved all issues immediately. A very satisfied customer.


Professional and courteous at all time. Crew was on site for 4 days in terrible weather and never missed a beat. Kept us informed, did what they planned and kept the areas near and clean. A really great crew.

Hal Luebke

VFS crew did a wonderful job. They worked effectively together to complete our project. They used care in making sure our lawn was not ruined and they cleaned up their work area when completed.

Mary Routten

Work was completed as promised. Purple crew was prompt, professional, and considerate of our home. Zero complaints

S House

I highly recommend this company. They had the best price, quality work and it was completed on time, which is rare these days. It’s not easy so I commend the crew on their hard work!

Donald Marx

Everything looks GREAT and the finished crawlspace was better than we expected. The RED crew did a great job and left the entire worksite cleaner than it was when they arrived.

Mike Shaffer

We recently used VFS to install an interior french drain and sump pump in our finished lower level. The "purple crew" was assigned to our job and they were fabulous!!! They were timely, neat, respectful and hardworking. We are very happy with the job they did.

Howard Bloom

The yellow crew (Willy, Marco, Oscar, and Patrick) were VERY professional and hard working. They kept us informed every step of the way. The clean up at end of the workday was exceptional. The best part is my foundation is fixed and our crawlspace is the cleanest crawlspace I have ever seen.

Scott Withdrew

The workers were very professional, experienced and knowledgeable. They left the crawlspace with reinforced support beams. A supervisor checked their work in the afternoon.

Rick Ruscak

VFS did a great job on our house’s foundation in double quick time and when they left our yard was cleaner and tidier than it was when they came! Thank you all. The masonry team also did a wonderful job. The damaged brickwork looks as good as new. Well done!

Alan Stephenson

Newport News


We loved working with this company. All of the workers were friendly and helpful. They were very particular about their work and showed professionalism and organization. They did a great job; we are so thankful for their help.

Daphne Jonas



Professional and kind staff, started on time, finished on time, good clean up, and next best bid was 40% higher using same materials. Highly recommend!

Ron Bianchi



VFS was on time, clean, polite and thorough with good workmanship.

Lois Horton

Newport News


Great customer service. Fantastic work under the house along with follow through to ensure everything was complete. Our Moisture and Termite inspector said it was the best "under house" inspection he'd done!

Larry Bianchi

Virginia Beach