While Texas is often referred to as the dry state, there are many months where rain or wind causes big problems for homeowners in Austin. Foundation erosion often results, with damage slowly wearing away the soil underneath your home’s support.
Here are the causes of soil erosion, how it affects you, and what you can do to avoid damage to your home.
What causes soil erosion?
Soil erosion occurs when soil and rocks become displaced. It exposes the loose soil underneath where moisture and the contracting of soil causes erosion, resulting in extensive damage to your home.
Foundation erosion occurs in two ways, the first which involves nature. Water from rain, geological shifts, and wind which can move dirt and rocks from the sides of your home to expose even more of the loose soil underneath.
Excessive land development is also to blame for foundation erosion. It comes as a result of removing any trees and vegetation that exist in your yard. The lack of roots and vegetation often results in water and soil moving around much more easily which slowly wears the concrete down.
How does soil erosion affect my home?
Without a protective layer of topsoil or vegetation, the soil is unable to absorb water effectively. This results in the soil contracting and expanding as it absorbs the moisture, resulting in severe pressure on your home’s foundation.
As the soil loosens even more, the likelihood of landslides and floods increases which could result in costly damage to your home. A simple hairline crack could lead to cracked walls, sagging roofs, lopsided floors, and in extreme cases total foundation failure.
How can I prevent soil erosion around my foundation?
Contacting a foundation expert like Done Right Foundation Repair is essential if you believe that your home could be in danger of soil erosion. By inspecting your home we are able to accurately determine the cause of the issue and repair it to prevent any problems.
However, here are a few things to keep in mind to help reduce the likelihood of foundation erosion:
Keep landscaping away from your home
While an empty yard might be easier to maintain, it’s essential to have grass, bushes, and trees around your property. This allows for the topsoil to be held in place and to absorb any excess moisture before it reaches the soil underneath.
The placement of the landscaping is also important to help get the most benefits. Planting too far away results in moisture not being absorbed correctly, while planting too close to your home can cause the roots to break into your foundation and cause damage.
Install retaining walls
Retaining walls are protective barriers which are added to the bottom of a slope to help prevent soil from falling. They are often made with wood or concrete, with the type of material depending on the severity of the loose soil around the property and the angle needed to prevent damage to the home.
Retaining walls are often a choice for homes which sit on a slope due to the difficulty of landscaping at that angle. However, adding retaining walls is not recommended as a DIY project due to the experience needed in selecting the materials for the wall and the placement.
Retaining walls can also be installed in a step pattern which results in terraces that help give the ground some stability. This will allow the levels to soak in moisture and reduce any excess water that might roll down to your home.
Stabilize any slopes
While retaining wall barriers might be enough for some cases, there are extreme cases where the foundation might need more help. In these cases a protective netting, mesh, or even a pile can be installed to help keep soil in place.
Installing netting, meshes, and piles is useful for situations where the soil is too loose or when the ground is too steep for retaining walls. However, it’s recommended that you ask a professional for help to determine the best type of netting to use for your soil type.
Protect your home’s integrity
By taking the steps above you can ensure that your home will be well protected from soil erosion damage. If you’ve already been affected by soil erosion and feel like your home could be in danger of being damaged, contact Done Right Foundation Repair today.
We offer a no strings attached transferable warranty for all of our work because we believe in the integrity of our work. From foundation repair to new installation, Done Right Foundation Repair gets the job done right.