the entire foundation that is as close as possible to the moisture
content of the soil when the foundation was poured. Install
gutters that outfall well beyond the footprint of the foundation
and actively add moisture to soil during dry periods to maintain
a uniform moisture content around the entire foundation.
Landscaping: Trees and large bushes planted within
close proximity to the foundation can suck water out of the
surrounding soil leaving a moisture imbalance across the
foundation. Plant trees a distance equal to half their canopy
diameter away from the foundation and/or install a root barrier
to help mitigate these effects.
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Potential Consequences of Excessive Foundation Movement
Slabs-on-grade are not only going to move but are designed to do
so. The purpose of an adequate foundation design is to ensure that
these movements are within acceptable limits. Excessive movement
can lead to distress phenomena appearing in not only the foundation
but the superstructure as well including drywall and brick cracks,
sticking doors and separation of walls from the ceiling.
Signs of a bad foundation can send a real estate deal downhill
quickly and can lead to stressful and costly repairs for the
would-be seller. Consider your next home an opportunity to
get it done right the first time – hire a builder and engineer
that recognizes your new home as one of the most important
investments you will ever make. i
Drew Dudley, P.E., leads Dudley Engineering LLC. In his seven years of
experience in the industry, Drew has worked closely with architects,
owners, and contractors to help deliver marquee projects including the
Kyle Field Renovations at Texas A&M University.
Email him at [email protected]
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