“Due Diligence” Inspect Your Foundation

Proper care of your foundation is very important in preserving the integrity of the structure.  Soils have the ability to expand (when wet) at alarming rates.  This requires that an even and relatively constant level of moisture be maintained in the soil supporting the foundation.   Defects in foundations occur when the supporting soil is too wet or too dry or when one area around the foundation is overly wet, while other areas remain dry.  Improper foundation maintenance can result in severe movement in just a few days.  This is true regardless of the type or age of the foundation.  To avoid additional problems, you must avoid non-uniform moisture content in the soil supporting the foundation.  Non-uniform moisture content can be caused by any of the following:

  • Improper drainage
  • Allowing the soil to become dry
  • Excess watering near the foundation
  • Plumbing leaks
  • An improper watering program
  • Neglect
  • Runoff water not properly diverted away from the foundation/eavestroughing
  • Improper grading of soil away from the foundation
  • Trees and large bushes growing too close to the foundation
  • Improper interior sealing of the foundation

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