Steps to Maintaining a Foundation

Have you ever seen a house that looks like this?  This is not a good sign.  We can not express how important it is to maintain your foundation in North Texas.  We have clay based soil and as you know when clay gets dry, it cracks.

Here are ten steps for maintaining your foundation from Arch Foundation Repair:

  1. Make Sure that the soil around your foundation is graded so the water flows away from the foundation.  The soil should drop 4 to 6 inches in 4 to 6 feet.
  2. Avoid trapping water against your foundation.  Water can be trapped against the building by raised flower beds, using metal edging or other borders that do not have openings to allow water to escape, by sidewalks or other  obstructions.
  3. Place soaker hoses around your foundation to keep the soil damp during dry periods.
  4. Keep the majority of the shrubs around your house under 3 feet tall. Large plants need large amounts of water, which can cause foundation problems.
  5. If you have large trees around your house, and the trees are closer to your foundation that the height of the trees, consider installing root barriers to keep the trees from pulling water out from under the foundation.
  6. Use the downspout extensions or splash blocks on all your downspouts.
  7. Make sure that all paved surfaces that border your foundation slope away from your foundation slope away from your foundation.  This is particularly important for pool decks.
  8. Keep the soil around your foundation between 2 to 4 inches below the brick line or edge of siding.  The soil helps to hold the water in the ground and reduces seasonal settlement.
  9. If your sewer becomes blocked or backed up, have it tested for leaks.  Many times sewer blockages are caused by roots, which means that there are openings in your sewer.
  10. Leaking sprinkler lines and pool circulating systems cause foundation problems.  Have your systems tested for leaks every two to three years.

 

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