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Proper Care of Your Foundation
is Very Important

Proper care of your foundation is very important in preserving the integrity of your structure. Clayey soils have the ability to expand (when wet) at alarming rates. This requires that an even and relatively constant level of moisture be maintained in the soil supporting the foundation. Defects in foundations occur when the supporting soil is too wet or too dry or when one area around the foundation is overly wet while other areas remain dry. Improper foundation maintenance can result in severe movement in just a few days. This is true regardless of the type or age of the foundation.

Crawl space fix

Pier-and-beam foundation crawl spaces need proper ventilation in order to avoid trapping moisture inside. Therefore any vent openings should not be covered, even by commercial covers sold specifically for that purpose.

Foundation Failure

A failing foundation can result in sagging flooring and out-of-plumb doors. A structural engineer can recommend corrective measures.

Keeping crawl space dry

Crawl spaces should be kept as dry as possible and never allowed to have water standing in them. If water does seep into the crawl space regularly, a qualified foundation company should be called in to stop the seepage and repair any damage to the foundation.

Stop seepage

Crawl spaces should be kept as dry as possible and never allowed to have water standing in them. If water does seep into the crawl space regularly, a qualified foundation company should be called in to stop the seepage and repair any damage to the foundation.

Standing water below decks

Crawl spaces should be kept as dry as possible and never allowed to have water standing in it. If water does seep into the crawl space regularly, a qualified foundation company should be called in to stop the seepage and repair any damage to the foundation.

Stop standing water

Crawl spaces should be kept as dry as possible and never allowed to have water standing in it. If water does seep into the crawl space regularly, a qualified foundation company should be called in to stop the seepage and repair any damage to the foundation.

Roots under the foundation

Tree roots can work their way under a house, wreaking havoc on plumbing and the house's foundation. A tree expert can help design a system for removing the roots and assuring they don't return.

Settling One

When a backyard of a newly constructed home drops precipitously, the likely causes are poor drainage and improperly prepared soil prior to the laying of the foundation. If this occurs, the builder, a structural engineer, a foundation company and possibly a lawyer should be consulted as soon as possible.

Unsightly settling

When a backyard of a newly constructed home drops precipitously, the likely causes are poor drainage and improperly prepared soil prior to the laying of the foundation. If this occurs, the builder, a structural engineer, a foundation company and possibly a lawyer should be consulted as soon as possible.

Remove vent covers

Pier-and-beam foundation crawl spaces need proper ventilation in order to avoid trapping moisture inside. Therefore any vent openings should not be covered, even by commercial covers sold specifically for that purpose.

Diagnosing a slab crack

A cracked slab foundation is an early sign of more serious foundation problems. A structural engineer should be called in to assess the damage and recommend corrective measures. A qualified foundation company should then be hired to do the work.

Move water away

A splash block or down-spout extension can help guide water away from a foundation. Otherwise water may pool close to the foundation, which can cause costly damage.

All Cracked Up

If a significant crack develops in a slab foundation, it will only worsen if left uncorrected. A qualified structural engineer should be called in to assess cause of this damage and recommend repairs.

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