Have you noticed water pooling around the foundation of your home and causing soil to erode away? This can cause your foundation to move over time and present big problems for you as a homeowner. To avoid this, you need to prevent water from running off your roof and gathering near your foundation. Check out some ways to do it below.
For flat conditions around the foundation
Foundation movement can occur, even around sidewalks and driveways. If this happens, add more soil and maintain a positive drainage angle away from these areas to help prevent foundation movement, sidewalk damage and driveway damage.
Install gutters on your home and keep them clean
The simplest way to stop rainwater from pooling around your foundation and encouraging soil erosion is by installing gutters and downspouts on your home and then keeping them clean. That second part is important because, if your gutters are backed up, it can cause water to spill over the sides of them. That water will then find its way to your foundation and cause soil erosion in the process.
Put the right landscaping and hardscaping into place
Another step you can take to prevent soil erosion is to add landscaping or hardscaping around your foundation to stop soil from moving around. Whether you choose to plant grass in an area where erosion is taking place or put down concrete pavers, you can stop soil erosion in its tracks and protect your foundation with landscaping and hardscaping options.
Consider adding a French drain to your property
If you try other things to stop soil erosion and find that they don’t work, adding a French drain might be your best bet. It’s ideal for homes that have raised floor foundations and footings that go down under the ground level. You can dig a trench for a French drain, place gravel into it, and then stick your drain into the ground. It will work to keep water away from your home.
Before buying a home, you should always have the foundation of it inspected. You should also check for signs of soil erosion. Call Babcock Home Inspections at 210-325-2106 today to schedule a home inspection.