Advanced Diagnosis: Is Your Home Too Heavy for Your Yard?
Catching foundation problems before they become serious
You’re probably familiar with the common signs of foundation damage: cracking walls, sloping floors, stuck doors, and visible flaws in the exterior structure of the house. But did you know that your yard can also show signs of potential foundation problems?
Puddles or pools of water collecting around the foundation of your home can be both a cause and a warning sign of potential issues. The first thing you should do if you discover standing water outside the house is check to see where it’s coming from. Are your gutters clogged and overflowing? Is the gradient of your yard directing runoff toward the house rather than away from it? The water you see outside is likely to be working its way indoors, so after you determine the source, go in the basement and check there for damp spots as well. If water is getting in, it may be an indication of foundation cracks or damage.
Watch Out for Dry Spots
Soil that’s too dry can be just as much of a problem as a wet yard. Dirt will expand and contract depending on how much water is added, and changes in saturation may cause the ground to shift around the foundation. This is especially true for homes that are only landscaped on one side or where sprinkler systems have been used in one specific area. Settling or shifting soil can lead to foundation movement and the damage that comes with it.
Discovering that a hole has suddenly opened up in your yard is cause enough for concern, since it can pose a danger to you, your family, or your pets should one of you stumble upon it unaware. Sinkholes are also unsightly and detract from the beauty of the yard. However, there’s another safety issue involved with the appearance of these depressions: the possibility of a sinking house. Unexpected holes in the yard could be a sign that you’re dealing with poorly compacted soil that’s starting to settle. That means your house can do the same as the dirt beneath the foundation begins to sink. Damaging erosion from an underground water source may also be to blame.
Don’t get upset if you find these signs of foundation trouble around your yard. Instead, call Ram Jack of Indiana. Our specialists are trained in foundation repair and can diagnose and fix your problem in no time. We’ll come out and inspect your Indianapolis, IN, home for free so you’ll have an idea of how much the repairs will cost. Then we’ll give your foundation the attention it needs to continue supporting your home for many years to come.