One of the great things that any homeowner can do is build strong landscaping on every side of their house. This landscaping can help to stop problems that may ultimately require the need for a foundation repair. Here are a few tips to help you out.
Landscape every side of your foundation to protected from damage
Many people provide landscaping on the front and back of their home. But, it is just as important to landscape at the sides of your home as well. The reason is that the landscaping helps to prevent the soil from eroding or even expanding. If landscaping is not present, soil can expand and lead to foundation cracks. Landscaping should be done around your foundation using plants that I have deep roots. Avoiding plants with shallow roots is very important.
Flower beds should slope away from the foundation.
Experts recommend having a drop of 9 to 10 inches for the first 10 feet around the house. This prevents moisture from accumulating under the foundation. This equates to a slope of around 3 to 5% away from your foundation. Embankments should not be steeper than a ratio of 1:2.
Provide thorough mulch for your flowerbeds
Many people do not realize the importance of mulching to prevent future foundation problems. In the hot summer months, mulch retains moisture for your plants and prevents the soil from becoming excessively dry. Dry soil is one of the leading causes the foundation movement.
Drainage systems for prevention
Make sure to provide adequate drainage spaces that allow water to flow out of your landscaping and downhill. If you have bricks as a border, it is important to leave a small amount of space between the bricks to allow for water flow. If you don’t do this, the water will be held and oversaturate the ground. French drains are a popular solution to preventing flooding, erosion, seepage and sedimentation.
Place large trees away from the foundation
Plant trees no closer than 20 feet from your home. Large trees have roots that extend 1 to 2 times the height of the tree. These routes commonly cause foundation issues because of the massive amount of moisture they require from the soil. If you do have trees placed close to your house they should be watered a minimum of two times per week during the summer. It is also recommended to have root barriers installed 3 to 5 feet deep to direct tree roots away from your foundation. Plants or shrubs that are 6 feet tall should be planted around 5 feet away from your home.