Water is a precious commodity. It’s also one of the single biggest enemies to one’s home – especially water produced from rain or snow. Poor watershed and drainage will cause soil to swell.
The bulging earth can force the foundation to heave causing cracks in the walls over windows and doors. This same house movement can cause doors to stick and jamb. Besides causing the house to shift, water ponding in the crawl space or basement can cause framing members to rot. And water soaked siding will soon need a new coat of paint.
To minimize premature repairs and painting begin by “water-proofing” your home. Install rain gutters and downspouts. But don’t stop there. Make sure that downspouts discharge into drainage pipes that carry water away from the house. Oh, and make sure that soil/concrete surrounding the home is sloped away from the foundation to further minimize water damage.