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Foundation Problem Causes: Exterior Leaks - Columbia Missouri

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Several factors just outside your house may retain or cause excessive moisture. Often these can affect foundation settlement and concrete slab cracking as well as sinking and bowing basement walls. These will, of course, affect how the soil dries or expands when wet.

This PDF series is designed to give you more information about cracks, settlement, bowed walls, and shifting slabs. See the complete series for more information about Foundation Repairs.

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Foundation Problem Causes: Exterior Leaks - Columbia Missouri

  1. 1. Foundation Problem Causes - Exterior LeaksIt might be whats around your houseSeveral factors just outside your house may retain or cause excessive moisture. Often these canaffect foundation settlement and concrete slab cracking as well as sinking and bowingbasement walls. These will, of course, affect how the soil dries or expands when wet.Flower BedsA localized source of water not on all sides of the foundation may result in non-uniformfoundation movements. Do not flood or pond irrigation water, and slope ground surface awayfrom the foundation. Do not trap water near the foundation with edging, but use mulch to slowevaporation.Trees
  2. 2. Tree roots grow under foundations and dry out soils causing non-uniform foundation settlements. Plant trees a distance greater than their mature height from the foundation. If existing trees are closer, install an approximately 4 foot deep tree root/vertical moisture barrier system near the foundation and possibly prune trees (to limit moisture stress) if barrier system is under the drip line of the tree. Water tree roots away from the foundation.Landscape PlantingDrying from roots, transpiration and soil suction may cause non-uniform foundationmovements. Plant bushes and shrubs away from the foundation, and uniformly water plants.Do not flood or pond water next to the foundation.Over WateringOver-watering provides an excess source of soil water for suction to draw moisture under thefoundation that may cause a stable area to begin heaving and damaging your structure. Waterjust enough to keep plants and grass alive and growing, not thriving and lush through saturatingthe ground.
  3. 3. Related Sites From Columbia Foundation Repair Site:Foundation Repair Jefferson City, MOFoundation Repair Fulton, MO Foundation SettlementCrawl Space Repair Columbia, MO SettlementCrawl Space Repair Jefferson City, MO Bowed Or Leaning Walls Foundation CracksAlso of Interest: Sinking Slab Foundation Problem CausesFrom Gibbons Basement Inc.: Soil Effects Moisture EffectsFoundation Repair Exterior LeaksCauses Of Foundation Settlement Other Drainage IssueFoundation Settlement SolutionsBowed or Leaning Basement Walls Foundation Repair SolutionsResistance Piers Solutions for Foundation SettlementHelical Piers Solutions for Sinking SlabsNew Construction Foundation Piers Solutions for Bowed Walls Contact Us Provided as a public service by Gibbons Basement, Inc.

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