Major foundation repairs can be daunting. The price tag is often not easy to handle, either. Luckily there are ways to avoid major repairs. We suggest maintaining your gutters and downspouts. Clean out gutters every six months or so and make sure your downspouts are in working order and direct water at least ten feet away from your home’s foundation. This will help keep water away from your foundation. Water is dangerous when it soaks the soil and causes the soil to expand, putting pressure on the foundation walls causing cracks, bowing walls, and other foundation damage. There is another way to avoid this, as well: maintaining proper grading.
Grading is the level of the ground around your foundation. The grade of the property will ultimately determine where water will flow. As a rule of thumb, soil should be graded at a 3-6% slope away from your foundation for the first 10 feet. This will allow for proper water movement. Any steep slopes or sudden drops in ground elevation allow for rapid water flow, which causes erosion.
Not sure if your yard is properly graded? Contact us here at IWP Foundation Repair. We can help you determine if your gutters, downspouts, and grading are helping your foundation, or harming it. Many times, if the proper precautions are put into place, you can avoid foundation repairs altogether. If the issue is too far gone, IWP can also provide foundation repairs. Contact us today to learn more. We also offer financing options!