Prepare Your Landscape for Foundation Repairs
If your foundation is in need of repair, you know you need to get it fixed promptly, before the problems get worse (and more expensive). Before your foundation repair starts, however, you might have some other tasks to complete first. One of the most important considerations might be your landscaping.
For some homeowners, scheduling a foundation repair is a good excuse to reevaluate the existing landscaping. Maybe the previous owners (or you!) installed shrubs too close to the house. Maybe the landscaping bed elevation is too high, covering your foundation. Maybe you just don’t like the existing look. If that’s the case, this is a good time to correct the problems.
If you have plants very close to your foundation, these may need to be permanently relocated. You’ll need to carefully dig them up, making sure to get as much of the roots as possible. While the repair is under way, plants can be temporarily planted in large pots, and then replanted at a more suitable distance when the work is completed.
On the other hand, you may have delicate plants that you don’t want to move. In this case, talk to your foundation repair contractor to discuss alternatives. Depending on the location, you might be able to cover the plants during the repair process to avoid having them trampled by workers. Some plants can survive a few footprints, while others can’t. Depending on the size of the plant, a tarp, plastic bucket, or temporary scaffolding might be the answer. Just be sure to talk to the contractors first to make sure it won’t interfere with the work.
If you’re just not sure whether your landscaping is good for your foundation, do a little research before deciding whether to relocate, replace, or preserve the plants. Read some landscaping articles to get more information about distance, drainage, and slope, all of which are key elements for your foundation landscaping.
Need help getting started with your Carmel, IN foundation repair? Contact us today at Ram Jack by phone or through our website. We’re happy to help.