Bryan College Station home owners, are you concerned about your foundation – the stabilizing factor of your home? Are you seeing cracks in the tile? Are there cracks in the brick outside or sheetrock inside?
Have you had your foundation repaired and now are concerned that it may not last?
As with most things in life, rather than just fixing the problem – lets change the conditions that caused the issue in the first place so the problem does not come back.
Is the soil swelling? Too much continued moisturein the soil is not good for your slab.
- Check the plumbing to make sure there are no leaks.
- If the foundation problem was caused by soil swelling you want to cut off the moisture supply and repair immediately.
- Check for water pooling around the slab. Water should drain away from the slab – not under.
- Check for holes under or near the slab allowing water to drain under or near the slab.
- Gutters and downspouts are a good way to prevent pooling
As you well know, in the Bryan College Station area, we have the other extreme weather condition too, drought. The most common dry months are July, August and September.
Is your soil too dry?
- During these droughts regularly watering your lawn long before the dry months help with soil shrinkage.
- Soil bordering the foundation should be watered to have consistent moisture.
- Proper watering is of extreme importance, you want to make sure that the water content in the soil is about the same next to as well as under the foundation.
- Watering with a soaker hose about twelve to thirty six inches away can help.
Are your trees causing problems?
- Trees with a shallow, intricate, and wide root system can cause issues to your foundation, If the roots are shallow they soak up the water. The roots also can grow under a shallow foundation pressing against the slab. Over time, a tree root will triumph over a slab and cause damage.
- The Department of Housing and Urban Development suggests that trees be planted no closer than their full growth height from the slab.
Taking these measures can help prevent foundation issues from reoccurring or from happening in the first place.