Last updated 9 days ago
Unfortunately predicting the behavior and movement of soil can be difficult. While contractors and builders would like soil to be predictable and stable, the fact of the matter is that soil can, depending on its clay content, expand and contract significantly. For example, soil with high clay content tends to expand more with higher moisture content. Here are some tips for preventing foundation problems in expansive clay soil environments.
Install a Proper Drainage System
When clay soil expands, it can place immense amounts of pressure on your home’s foundation. Over time, your foundation’s walls can bend inwards and in some cases even crack. Cracks leave your foundation particular susceptible to water damage. One way to prevent this from occurring is to keep water away from your home’s foundation with an effective drainage system. By directing water that falls on your home’s roof away from your home through a gutter system, you can help minimize the amount of water in the soil around your home.
Opt for a Sloped Landscape
While water exposure is certainly unavoidable, having water settle around your home certainly is. Designing your landscape such that the soil slopes down away from your home, for example, can help direct rainwater away from your home’s foundation. As a result, less water will soak into the clay rich soil, leading to less expansion and a more stable soil environment beneath your home.
The options listed above are just a small sample of the options available for homeowners whose homes rest on clay rich soil. Understanding how best to divert and prevent water from settling into the soil around your home can give you the tools required to protect your foundation from serious water damage. If you want to learn more about preventing foundation problems in expansive clay environments, call the foundation repair experts of Structured Foundation Repairs, Inc. at (888) 459-6317.
Last updated 11 days ago
As the name suggests, your foundation is the secret to your home’s structural strength. When your foundation is damaged due to water exposure, for example, it can have devastating effects for you home.
In this video you will learn about ensuring your home’s foundation is in good repair. While most foundation repair projects require the experience of a professional, there are certainly some tasks you can handle on your own. For example, take the time to regularly inspect your home’s foundation. If you see any cracks, this is a sign that your foundation requires immediate repair.
Don’t let delayed repairs lead to higher expenses in the long run. To learn more about how to ensure that your home’s foundation remains in good repair, call Structured Foundation Repair, Inc. at (888) 459-0317. You can learn more about our foundation repair services by visiting our website.
Last updated 14 days ago
Foundation damage can occur in a multitude of ways. As many homeowners are aware, trees and vegetation have the potential to damage your home’s foundation. However, this damage is not caused by roots growing into your home’s foundation. Rather, when trees are planted near your home’s foundation, they tend to draw water towards your home. This in turn will increase the moisture content of the soil around your home’s foundation, potentially leading to problems like heaving or water damage.
If you suspect that your home’s foundation might be suffering damage due to your yard’s vegetation, contact a foundation repair professional immediately. Our foundation repair experts can use methods like concrete pressed pilings to repair your home’s foundation and prevent future damage. Our repair technicians are also proficient in employing steel pressed pilings for foundation repair. To learn more about our services, call Structured Foundation Repairs, Inc. at (888) 459-6317.