Protect Your Home Foundation
We always hear about how home foundation problems come about and what to do when you notice a foundation issue. What isn’t covered enough is how to prevent foundation problems from occurring in the first place. Foundation remedies are not guaranteed, but they certainly help. Thus, we recommend you get in the habit of doing the following:
Inspect your foundation to ensure the ground slopes away from it
Foundation is all about balance, right? Imbalances will cause a foundation to settle, and it’s too much moisture or lack of moisture which causes settling. Drainage is key to fighting off too much moisture. As long as water is streaming away from the foundation, your drainage system is doing its job. So, make sure water is streaming away.
The initial 5-10 feet of ground surrounding a home should be sloped. This will prevent too much water from seeping into the soil beneath your foundation. It will also prevent water from pooling on the outskirts of your Irving, TX home.
Check for water pooling around your foundation
Which brings us to our next point…
You should always be attentive to unexplained water build up. Furthermore, if you did not intentionally place water in a certain area, it probably shouldn’t be there. Pools of water around your home are initial signs of a potential foundation problem. They do not necessarily mean that you do have a foundation problem, but they at least alert you to the potential of a foundation problem.
Therefore, it is essential you make the adjustment to avoid a foundation issue from arising. You can re-shovel soil to create a slope or rely on a professional excavation company to do so strategically. The installation of French drains also assists with proper draining.
Keep your gutter free from debris
Debris build up within gutters can stunt the draining process. Water can disproportionally flow or not flow at all. Plus, stagnant water in gutters can result in mold and/or rust forming. You also want to make sure there are no leaks in your gutters. Water should systematically flow away from your foundation, free from disruption.
Make sure downspouts are not clogged
The same applies to downspouts. They should be free from cracks, dents and debris. Water should gain momentum as it flows through the downspout and it should be forced away from your Irving, TX home. One helpful addition to your yard that can help with water flow is a bedrock. Piling rocks, stones, or pebbles in a slanted formation will force water away from the foundation. This addition not only helps with draining, but it also provides a nice appeal to your front yard or backyard.
Water routinely, especially during dry spells
Lastly, make sure to routinely water your foundation. Texas is known for its frequent droughts. During droughts, it’s up to the homeowner to supply water to the yard. During the summer, watering twice a day is recommended—once at dawn and once at dusk. If you don’t have a programmable sprinkler system then it’s a good idea to purchase one. It will make watering seamless task. Of course, you don’t have to water as often during the winter.
All five of these ways to protect your foundation are simple to execute. Basically, all you have to do is inspect the foundation and the drainage system from time to time to ensure they are positioned and conditioned for their purposes. If they are not, you’ll need fix them on your own or rely on a landscaping company or a foundation company to fix them.
Just know that BFD Foundation Repairs is always here to help if you have any questions about your home foundation. We provide excavation and tunneling services, foundation repair, and house leveling. Call us today at (214) 974-4648. Also, please visit our website—www.bfdfoundationrepairs.com—and our blog for additional helpful home foundation input.