At first glance, soil erosion on your property may seem harmless. However, what some homeowners don’t realize is that it can actually threaten their homes, especially the foundation. If left alone, soil erosion can allow water, earth and debris into your home. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to prevent this.
In this post, foundation piering experts from Stratum Structural Systems discuss the four different methods you can use to prevent soil erosion and other exterior water issues to protect your foundation.
Retaining Walls – A retaining wall is a protective barrier that can be installed at the bottom of a slope in your property, preventing soil from cascading down. If you want to install one, however, keep in mind that this isn’t a DIY friendly job because it can be hazardous to install and specifically designed materials will have to be used for it. Therefore, always have a professional install the retaining walls in your property to prevent hazards and mistakes.
Stepped Terraces – To use stepped terraces when it comes to preventing soil erosion, smaller variants of the retaining walls will be installed at each successive layer. Yet again, this isn’t a DIY friendly job so only hire a professional such as the foundation repair and basement waterproofing experts of Stratum Structural Systems to get the job done.
Proper Landscaping – One of the simplest and most effective ways to prevent soil erosion around your property is with proper landscaping. This involves the strategic placement of bushes, trees and grass around your home to hold the topsoil in place. While it is possible to DIY this project, it may be wise to hire an expert.
Nets, Meshes and Piles – During extreme cases, on the other hand, it’s possible that protective covers or barriers will have to be installed in order to keep the soil in place. This is the method especially needed if the gradient is too steep for stepped terraces or retaining walls or if the soil is too loose to properly landscape. Avoid trying to install these nets and meshes on your own as this a job that’s best left to licensed professionals with the right tools and training.
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