#FoundationFridayTip - Preventative Maintenance

Friday, May 12th, 2017 by Heather Price

1.  Keep the soil around the foundation to prevent water from ponding.  This ponding can result in the soil heaving or consolidating depending on the soil type.  James with DeltaPly suggest that the soil should be sloped at least 6 inches vertically from the first 10 feet from the foundation.  

2. Maintain a consistent watering program during the dry months.  This will assist in keeping the soil around the house from drying, cracking or pulling away from the foundation.  A common recommendation is to place soaker hoses one to two feet away from the foundation and run them 2-3 times a week.  

3.  Gutters and downspouts should be installed to prevent soil erosion and ponding.  The water should be directed at a minimum of 5 feet away from the foundation.  

4.  Trees that are close to the foundation pose potential risks as they can remove hundreds of gallons of water from the soil in a given day, which in turn can cause foundation settlement.  

5.  When planting any new trees with invasion tree roots such as maples, ash trees, cottonwood, and sweet gums, consider planting them at least 25 feet away from your foundation.  

6.  Maintain the plumbing system and check for leaks periodically.  Crawl spaces, if present, should be inspected annually to ensure it's dry.  



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Heather Price joined the team at Power Jack Foundation Repair in February 2017. As the Marketing Manager, she oversees the company's marketing department.

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