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Common Foundation Problems in San Antonio, TX

Foundation Recent rains have saturated the soil around our homes.  Too much water has a negative effect on our foundations.  The wetter the soil the more it raises the foundation.  When the soil is dry the foundation sinks.

Stopping water from getting under the house is very important.  This applies to Slab homes, Pier and Beam Homes and Mobile Homes.

Controlling water around the house is very important.  Channel water away from the foundation with soil that drains water away from the foundation, install gutters to channel water away from the foundation and never use soaker hoses next to the foundation.  Soaker hoses over saturate the soil and make the foundation raise, resulting in foundation settling and cracks in the foundation and the walls inside the house.

When you find cracks in the exterior walls or interior sheetrock walls you may have a drainage problem.  Doors that don’t close properly or don’t latch is also an indication that the foundation may be moving.

General watering around the house is recommended, such as, just water your lawn, that’s it.  Always make sure that water drains away from the house.

Install gutters to channel water away from the house.  Gutters help to stop water splash on the walls, soil erosion and foundation movement.



Written by Ray Babcock

Ray Babcock

Ray Babcock is the owner of Babcock Home Inspections in San Antonio, Texas. They are dedicated to highest quality in Home Inspections & Termite Control within the San Antonio area.

2 Responses to “Common Foundation Problems in San Antonio, TX”

    • Ray Babcock

      There is a wide band of clay mix soil that runs through town which is the most expansive soil. North to the hill country is more limestone and not so prone to movement. South of town is the coastal plain which is more sand which absorbs water more redily. The clay soil is the one you have to pay more attention to. Proper drainage around all soils is important.


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