You may have noticed around the perimeter of your home’s foundation wall that some soil erosion or settlement has occurred and wondered what might be going on. It may be in one or more area, and there can be a number of reasons for this, for example:
- When your home was originally constructed, they excavate for the foundation wall and create an area or cavity for the weeping tiles to lay at the bottom of the foundation wall. Once completed, material is backfilled around the perimeter of the foundation wall. This new material may then settle as it is not as dense as the undisturbed soil around it. As such, the grade of the yard may slope towards the home’s foundation creating the potential for water / moisture penetration into the basement / crawlspace.
- It may simply be that your downspouts do not have extensions on them in these locations to carry the water at least 6’ away from the house. and compacts loose backfill around the foundation walls.
- On the other hand, it may indicate that the weeping tiles or drainage tiles around the base of the foundation wall used to evacuate water. They may now be blocked with soil, silt, crushed and or damaged.
If you are experiencing these types of symptoms, its best to have a professional investigate further for you.