Foundation Maitenance

You have invested hard-earned money to correct the
foundation under your home. This doesn't mean it Is
totally solved. Action you take can cause future
movement and the resulting damage or prevent it and
must be observed in the winter, spring, summer and fall.
The following are some simple steps to follow;

1 . Drainage must be away from all sides of your foundation to
prevent ponding. The dirt should slope away from the foundation a
minimum of one to two inches.

2. No ponding of water within five (5) feet of the foundation.

3. The air conditioning drain should be a minimum of 5 feet long and
drain into a slope away from the foundation.

4. Downspouts from gutters should be directed away from the
foundation and never into flower gardens adjacent to the foundation.
Gutters should be used on courtyards or roof run-off areas.

5. Place splash blocks to diver roof valleys runoff water away from
the foundation.

6. No standing water or flowing water against the foundation or under
the home (pier and beam foundation),

7. Leaking hose bib should be repaired promptly to prevent
concentrated continued wetting.

1. Shrubbery should be planted no closer than five (5) feet unless
dwarf plants and these should be at least three feet. Over-grown
shrubbery should be removed or root barriers Installed.

2. Trees or large shrubbery should be at least 15 feet from the
foundation. Trees closer (natural) a root barrier should be installed 3
to 4 feet below the grade beam to prevent root intrusion under the

3. Flower beds by the fountain should drain away from the
foundation. Decorative borders should have drains to prevent
ponding of the roof run-off or dripline. Best that the border not
Include the roof run-off line to prevent excessive moisture at the

4. Plastic vapor barrier to keep weeds out of rock beds should not be
used inside the five-foot distance from the foundation.


1 . Assure the area around the foundation, the moisture is properly
maintained for a minimum of 18 inches by Irrigating or sprinkling
using a soaker hose at low pressure for a minimum of two hours a

2. Water flower beds adjacent to the foundation preventing drying
and cracking of the dirt. Bark or rock may help to hold in moisture.
Don't flood for hours but a slow watering for one or two hours a week.

3. Water trees and shrubbery well to prevent root intrusion to the soil
under the home.

4. Monitor areas around your foundation and water dry, cracked
areas: but do not water damp areas. Uniform, even moisture is the

5. Check sprinkler systems to assure the heads, lines or connections
are not leaking below the surface; i.e. very wet areas, low pressure
sprinkler heads, flowing water out the ground or ponding-get them
repaired promptly.

6. High water bills may mean a water leak. Check for wet spots or low
areas full of water. Get them repaired promptly.

7. Mildew or mold on rocks or the foundation may mean a potential
moisture or water leak problem.

8. If you have a natural spring make sure the water drains away from
the foundation or have a french drain Installed to carry off the
excessive moisture.