How to Prevent Foundation Damage from Rain and Settlement

How to Prevent Foundation Damage from Rain and Settlement in Texas

foundation repair truckFor the past week, Austin has been getting above-average rainfall. According to KXAN Austin, the city experienced downpours upwards of 4 inches over the past 5 days. Surrounding areas got as much as 13 inches of rain – a huge amount.

If your home has been in the middle of these storms, the sheer amount of water soaking into the ground outside your home swells the soil.

As the ground containing your foundation swells, pressure against your foundation walls increases. More water means more pressure, which can result in foundation cracks or leaks in your foundation.

Here’s what you can do to prevent foundation damage from happening.

Install Gutters that Route Water Properly

Part of the problem is gutters that direct water immediately to problem points around your home, which is where you don’t want it. You may want to look into a downspout extension, which might only need to be four feet in length to work effectively.

Splash blocks can also help by pushing water further away from the gutter spout. It’s important to direct both the block and water downslope to avoid foundation leaks.

Landscape or Irrigate Your Yard

Moving water away from your home is crucial. If you don’t want a downspout extension, you can aim your gutters into channels that then serve the same purpose. Channels that extend 10 feet or more are the goal. Always make sure that the water will be running downslope of your home and foundation.

Additionally, if you can aim the water into an area that receives sunlight regularly, water will evaporate faster than it would in the shadow of your home or trees. This prevents it from soaking deep into the earth and cracking your foundation.

Install Underground Drains

If we didn’t install your foundation in the first place, we might be able to make sure it’s done right after the fact. Underground drains help to remove water from your foundation area, avoiding foundation damage.

If you’re unsure about whether you have proper underground drainage for your foundation, contact us and we’ll have a look.

foundation settlementYou have probably heard the phrase “the house is just settling.” Usually, people use this phrase when they hear creaks or groans inside a home. Hearing some creaks in your house is natural. But make sure you aren’t in danger of foundation settlement problems.

What is Foundation Settlement?

Foundation settlement occurs when the earth under or around your foundation begins to shift. This creates gaps in the soil that could cause your home to sink, tilt, or become unbalanced. When building any foundation, some settlement is always expected. Foundation contractors work with this in mind, allowing for some shifting to occur without putting your home at risk. Many outside factors can increase the shifting of the earth, which is what creates the potential for damage.

What Causes Foundation Settlement?

Settlement in your foundation is not something always caused by human error. It is a natural result of soil shifting and adjusting to the addition of your home’s foundation. As such, the causes of serious foundation settlement can be:

Season

Seasonal weather contributes greatly to foundation settlement. Foundations constructed during rainy seasons might experience unexpected settlement once the earth has a chance to dry throughout. Conversely, foundations built during dry, summer months will undergo more pressure from the soil when it swells with moisture.

Soil Type

In Austin, there are several types of soil that might affect your foundation after construction. Some soils settle differently than others and are affected differently by moisture. Foundation contractors are experienced in building to the soil needs of your home and take the unique qualities of each type into account.

Time

The longer your home has been in place, the less foundation settlement will occur. Newer houses are at the highest risk for foundation settlement. However, plants also have longer to grow, which might encroach on your foundation.

Tree or Plant Growth

Trees are true forces of nature. As roots spread deeper and wider in the earth, they displace the soil around them. This may directly affect your foundation or might create gaps in the soil, which would cause your foundation to shift as well.

What to Look Out For

If you encounter any of the following, you might want to hire a foundation inspector to check for foundation settlement: • Doors are sticking, or swinging open/closed by themselves • Drywall or ceiling cracks • Uneven or unlevel floors • Wobbly furniture (this is often a sign of uneven floors) If your foundation feels unsteady or you’re concerned that you’ve had improper foundation settlement and you live in Austin, contact Done Right Foundation Repair to send an expert foundation contractor to your home.

About Done Right Foundation Repair

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Done Right Foundation Repair was created over 20 years ago by Chris Felsing with the support of his family. He started with a small team and a big dream, learning the ins and outs of foundation repair as he went. He and his team looked for ways to provide a complete solution to all foundation issues and have worked tirelessly for the past 20 years to master their craft. Our Central Texas locations: Done Right Foundation Repair in Austin, Done Right Foundation Repair in New Braunfels, Done Right Foundation Repair in San Marcos

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