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How to Save Your Home from Foundation Erosion

September 9, 2014

How to Save Your Home from Foundation Erosion

Owning a home requires a lot of work and maintenance. It requires both time and monetary investment, but it’s worth it when you get to enjoy a place of your own. Given all of the hard work you put into your home, the last thing you want to have to deal with is foundation erosion.

Erosion occurs when the construction groundwork of a home is washed away over time.  Foundation erosion is a common home problem when rainwater from the roof of the house is not properly directed by your home’s rain gutters away from the home. If not redirected properly, rainwater collects in the ground beneath your house, which leads to cracking and other home foundation issues.

So, how do you prevent foundation erosion from occurring?

First, you need to clean your gutters. When a rain gutter is clogged with debris, such as leaves and sticks, rainwater cannot flow freely, so it begins to pour over the gutter edges and saturate the ground below it with water. Over time, that leads to erosion. Regular gutter maintenance and cleaning can keep the flow smooth. If you don’t have rain gutters, install them right away.

Second, although gutters have a downspout that directs and drains water from your roof, there are a few things you need to do to ensure it functions properly. Be sure the downspout is direct away from your foundation, otherwise it defeats the purpose. Also check the ground levels around your downspout – if they slope downward toward your foundation, then the spout serves little purpose because the water will just pool around the foundation. Level out of the ground if needed to ensure that water does not run down to the foundation from the spout.

Chris George Homes
Oklahoma City Realtor
Let’s get in touch: 405.843.8188

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