Most homeowners have no idea what happens around the exterior of their home during rain events. Next time it is raining, safely take a stroll around your home with a umbrella, (no lightning), and look at what happens.
- Are the gutters overflowing?
- Is water pooling close to your foundation?
- Is the water getting at least 6′ away from home?
This is the best way to know if there is work to do to the exterior of your home involving grade, guttering & downspouts, older landscaping & burying of downspouts and/or sump pump lines away from the home. The clay soils we live with experience swelling with rain or water events and shrinkage with dry events. It is best to try to control the water during heavy rain events, therefore helping to control the serious changes in our soils. The more a home lifts (heaves), during rain events, the more potential drop (settlement), during dry events, causing cracks or issues with our foundations. Although, there is no perfect answer for controlling all water events. Most homeowners considering keeping the lawn mowed is enough of exterior home maintenance. The truth be told, the nicer the lawn and landscape, the less of a chance of foundation issues . Water will absorb differently in a nice lawn then the one that has mainly weeds and dirt. Same with landscaping with mulch or rock verses dirt and weeds. Try to inspect around your home and do some form of exterior maintenance at least twice a month during the nicer weather.