An often-overlooked responsibility of owning a home or a commercial building is foundation protection. There are a variety of threats to the foundation of your building that you should be aware of. This includes soil erosion.
When the soil on your property wears away, it can cause a number of serious problems that may require professional foundation protection services. Here are some warning signs that soil erosion may be a problem for you.
DISPLACED MULCH AND TOPSOIL
When rainwater is uncontrolled, it pulls away your topsoil and mulch, leaving it on driveways and walkways. This not only looks ugly; it makes it hard to maintain the healthy grass and greenery that keep your soil healthy.
PUDDLES AND GULLIES
Do puddles and gullies form on the grass around your building when it rains? This indicates that something is wrong with the design of your building or your landscaping. You always want the rainwater to flow away from your building, so it doesn’t seep below the soil and damage your foundation.
WET BASEMENTS OR CRAWL SPACES
Is your basement or crawl space filling with water when it rains? Have you had to install a sump pump? This could mean that your soil is not protecting your home foundation. If all was working as designed, no sump pump would be required.
WAYS TO PREVENT SOIL EROSION
PLANT SHRUBS OR SMALL TREES
Shrubs and small trees add to the beauty of your property. But the roots of these plants also serve an important function. They retain excess moisture from the ground and help to keep your soil where it needs to be. If your building has a healthy foundation, consider thanking a tree.
MULCH YOUR BEDS
Just as your soil can be too moist, it can also be too dry to do its job. Dry soil is very likely to erode. The right amount of moisture will keep it in place. Mulch tends to hold the right amount of moisture in the ground. This will also benefit your plants by keeping their roots from getting too dry. Don’t be tempted to use pine needles instead of mulch. Pine needles don’t regulate soil moisture as well as mulch does.
Gutters channel rainwater on your roof into downspouts which expel it away from the foundation of the house. This prevents erosion of the soil below the edge of your roof. A good gutter system is worth the expense.
KEEP THE GUTTERS CLEAN
If gutters become clogged with leaves, acorns, pine straw and other debris, rainwater won’t be sufficiently diverted into the downspouts, but will flow over the edge of the roof and into your soil. This can accelerate erosion. If you don’t have the time or ability to make sure your gutters stay free of troublesome debris, consider hiring someone to maintain them a few times a year. There should be a variety of local services to choose from.
ENHANCE YOUR DOWNSPOUTS
Check your downspouts for holes, bad joints, or obstructions. If they don’t adequately carry water away from your building’s foundation, you can replace faulty pieces, or attach special parts to the bottom, such as splash blocks, better elbow joints, or downspout extensions, which are flexible plastic pipes of varying lengths.
INSTALL A DRAIN SYSTEM
If enhancements to your gutters and downspouts aren’t enough to maintain healthy soil, you might want to install a drain system. One such option is a French drain. A French drain involves a drainage pipe laid a foot or so in the ground, with perforations on top to let in water. This is covered with gravel or small stones that allow water to flow down into the pipe but keep too much debris from entering the pipe.
GRADE THE GROUND
Every house is supposed to be surrounded by some amount of graded soil. This diverts water away from your foundation. When this soil is eroded, water can puddle at the base of your house and seep into your basement or crawl space, doing serious damage to your foundation or causing toxic mold.
SCHEDULE A FOUNDATION INSPECTION OR REPAIR
The team at Accurate Foundation Repair understands that our customers aren’t foundation experts. That’s why we do our best to help you understand how your foundation was initially built, why it has become damaged, and what we can do to fix it for you. With our team on your side, you’ll know exactly what the problem is and have peace of mind knowing that our professionals are handling it. All of our foundation repair solutions are cost-effective, ensuring that you don’t break the bank or spend more than necessary. Let us get to work repairing your foundation. Contact us today to schedule a free estimate for foundation repair in Dallas, TX.