Expansive soils soak up any available water, making it easy to take a look at the water sources around your home to determine if they are playing a part in your foundation problems. Here are some helpful tips to ensure your home is prepared.
- Check your home’s drainage: Is the discharge line pointing away from your home? Make sure that the gutter’s line is running at least seven feet away from your foundation.
- Look at your yard’s grading. The soil next to your foundation should gently slope away from your home. Additionally, this will help drain water away from your foundation and minimize potential foundation damage.
- Do you run sprinklers next to your foundation? Any sprinkler system should be at least five feet away from your home’s foundation. When you water plants that are near your home’s foundation, don’t excessively water; that may create a problem.
These easy steps can help protect your foundation, but it’s important to keep an eye out for foundation problems. In summary, if you have any other foundation problem signs, seek the opinion of a professional engineer.