Angie’s List is a paid consumer website used by millions of homeowners. Here’s six valuable tips to help prevent foundation problems.
1. Water twice a day
Set a timer on your foundation and sprinkler system so that it waters every day at dusk and dawn for 30 minutes. Add extra watering times during the dry months.
2. Drain water away from house
Don’t allow water to collect near the house. The soil can expand dramatically and put stress on your foundation walls. Install in-ground drains to help move ponding water within depressions or areas that may retain water near the foundation to a discharge point elsewhere. Downspouts can direct rain and roof runoff away from your house as well.
3. Implement proper grading
Proper grading ensures water doesn’t directly reach the base of your house and foundation walls. A good rule of thumb is to grade the terrain about 6 inches in 10 feet soil to slope away from your home.
4. Plant trees and shrubs away from your home
During a dry season, tree and shrub roots will compete with soil for moisture. This can cause your foundation to settle unevenly and form cracks. It’s wise to plant trees far away from the house.
5. Maintain moisture levels
It’s important to keep the foundation moist in order to avoid the soil from shrinking, especially during dry periods. Install rock beds to help sprinkler systems water the deeper parts of the soil.
6. Embed the foundation
Keep a proper amount of compacted soil around the foundation to help the soil retain its moisture content during the dry months. Try to embed your foundation up to 2 inches from the top of the foundation slab. Use mulch to help retain moisture.
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