Causes of foundation problems

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Roots

When you have large trees around your house, the roots  can potentially cause foundation problems. Essentially, the trees need water to grow so they draw moisture from the soil and, as stated before, low moisture content in the soil will cause this to contract and eventually lead to foundation movements. Large trees, have very large roots so if you plant these too close to your home, the roots may become large enough to go underneath the house foundation leading

02

Leaks.

When there is movement in the soil, it is very common to find broken water and sewer pipes. Broken pipes will cause the surrounding area to be saturated with water. Because these pipes are buried underneath the foundation, the only ways to get to it is by breaking the slab at the location of the plumbing leak or by tunneling through the side of the house. Either way, it is advisable to hire a licensed plumber. Substandard work can cause you more headaches later on.

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Uneven lot

Check to see if the soil around your house is at the proper grade so that any water runoff will flow away from and not into, the house. Although there are differing opinions as to the proper grade of soil, there is general consensus that the slope should be at least 5%. In other words, the grading should extend out from the house approximately 6 inches for the first 10 feet. You might be able to get away with less slope, but to be on the safe side, you should follow this minimum recommendation from experts

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