Whether it is due to flooding, backfill, or loose soils, problems with erosion can sometimes be catastrophic. When you have to deal with these problems, you will need to do a lot more than just repairs to the foundation. It is also important to address erosion problems and improve the foundation footings and the support needed for structural loads. Here are some of the things that can be done to deal with catastrophic soil erosion and foundation repairs to stop the damage before it destroys your home.

1. Clearing the Muddy Mess and Installing Temporary Structural Support to Stop the Damage

One of the first steps in repairing the damage to your home after catastrophic erosion problems is clearing the muddy mess. When hillsides or large areas of soil have been washed away, you want to have a foundation repair professional help with cleaning up the mess to prevent errors that can cause further damage to your home. During the process of cleaning up the mess, temporary supports can be installed to stop structural damage from getting worse until all the repairs and improvements have been completed.

2. Planning Erosion Control Elements That Are Needed Before Replacing Soil That Has Been Washed Away 

The main cause of catastrophic soil erosion that damages foundations is the lack of erosion control systems. Therefore, you want to plan improvements like installing drainage tiles and retaining walls before the missing soils are replaced. Work jointly with a foundation repair contractor and civil engineer to come up with the best plan to prevent future problems with soil erosion that can cause serious damage to your home.

3. Drainage and Aggregate Before Soil Replacement to Improve Erosion Control and Prevent Catastrophic Damage

Often, the cause of catastrophic soil erosion is due to the type of soil that the foundation of your home rests on. This can be due to clay soils that get saturated with water and eventually slide down the slopes of the terrain or due to sandy soils that are easily washed away. Therefore, before replacing the soil, plan to improve the soils with drainage, aggregate, and other materials to improve the drainage and prevent these problems.

4. Repairing Foundation Damage and Improving Foundations with Support Piers That Rest on Solid Bedrock

The last step in the repair process is the repairs that the structure and foundation need. Settling may be corrected with jacking techniques to get the structure back to its original height. In addition, other improvements can be done to ensure that the structure and foundation have support even if soil erodes away. Methods like pier jacking with support driven down to solid soil or rock are one way to improve the support for the foundation. Another option is soil grouting techniques that can be used in areas with deep, soft soils.

When catastrophic soil erosion causes damage to the landscape and your home, good planning and the right improvements are important when the repairs are done. For help dealing with these problems and repairing your home, contact a foundation repair service like J & D Waterproofing.

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