How To Protect Your New Construction Home Foundation

The foundation is a crucial aspect of any building’s structure. Its strength and stability are essential for the overall quality and durability of the construction. To ensure the foundation can support the weight of the building and withstand external forces such as temperature changes, soil movement, and hydrostatic pressure, experts take into account factors such as the home design, local climate, and soil type when designing and building it. However, even with a well-designed and constructed foundation, protecting it from potential harm is crucial to ensure its longevity and stability over time.

Inadequate Curing and Drying

Unfortunately, some builders may rush the construction process and lay foundations in unfavorable weather conditions, or begin building walls and ceilings before the foundation is fully cured and dried. This can lead to a loss in the foundation’s strength and durability, as well as thermal and shrinkage cracks.

Preventive Measures: If you’re buying a newly built home, have a professional inspect it for signs of improper curing, such as cracks, gaps, and discoloration. If you’ve hired a contractor, make sure they follow the recommended curing and drying time and methods based on the foundation’s thickness and material.

Too Much or Not Enough Water

Clay soil, commonly found in areas like Houston, holds large amounts of water that can put pressure on your foundation and lead to differential settlement. On the other hand, dry conditions can cause cracks and gaps in the soil and foundation.

Preventive Measures: Install a proper drainage system to prevent water accumulation, and maintain proper moisture levels in the soil during drought conditions.

Planting Trees Too Close to Your Home

Trees and shrubs absorb large amounts of water from the soil, which can lead to soil conditions similar to droughts. In addition, their roots can grow into foundation cracks and cause further damage.

Preventive Measures: Install root barrier systems around your foundation to prevent damage from tree roots and do not plant any large-growth trees within 20 feet of your home.

Plumbing Leaks in the Crawlspace

Plumbing leaks can turn your crawlspace into a swamp and weaken the soil’s ability to support your foundation and home.

Preventive Measures: Repair any plumbing leaks promptly to prevent further damage to your foundation and ensure that you are regularly inspecting the crawlspace of your home.

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    By following these preventive measures, you can greatly reduce the risk of foundation failure. If you see any signs of foundation problems, don’t hesitate to contact professionals for help. They can identify the root cause of the issue and efficiently handle any repairs necessary to minimize damage to your home.

    If you live in the Houston area and think you may be having foundation issues with your newly constructed home, give us a call. Trust the professionals of AAA Foundation Service to provide honest information about your foundation issues. Call us today and we will get you setup with an in-depth inspection, free repair estimate, and a list of solutions.

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