Of the dangers to your home, erosion is probably pretty low on the list. Things like termites, strong storms, and criminals likely rank much higher. That’s understandable. These are clear and present dangers that you can see. Though you might not be able to see erosion, you could still be at risk. Erosion is the process of soil and rock on the ground being washed away, typically by water. Wind can erode the ground as well. In a residential setting, there are only a few ways that erosion can occur. Here is how it happens usually and what the dangers might be.
Rain and Gutters
The most present danger is from rainfall that is not properly handled. If you do not have gutters on your home, rain will roll off your roof and collect at the base of your home. This will wash away dirt and rocks from around the foundation of your home. If you have gutters but they are clogged with debris, the same thing will happen. In some cases, homeowners will have gutters but the drainpipe will pour the water right at the base of the home. Your gutter needs to direct water away from the base of your home. Piling can help you avoid this problem. So, why is piling needed?
Piling reduces the dangers you’ll face from the ground being washed away. Piling is the process of installing columns or beams underground that help support your home.
How Piling Works
Piles are typically made of wood, concrete, or metal. They are installed below ground to relieve the foundation of your home. If you were to place your home on a concrete slab on the ground, the weight of your home would press on the ground and on the concrete, which could cause compacting and shifting over time. If you have heavy rains that permeate the ground, the shifting and compacting could happen more quickly. A situation such as this often results in houses that lean. Even if your house doesn’t start leaning, it could actually crack the foundation. This typically happens when one side of the house is lower than the other, creating a significant amount of pressure on the inflexion point. Eventually, a crack develops and grows over time, which can threaten the entire home.
Piling transfers the weight of the home to the piles and evenly distributes it through the ground. Also, it provides a support structure for the ground. Therefore, shifting or compacting won’t actually cause your house to move because it is built on the stable piles.
Erosion is a problem that can affect a home if it is not properly planned for. You can prepare for erosion by reducing the amount of water that is allowed to build up around the base of your home and by hiring professional piling contractors. You will save a good deal of money that you might have spent on repairing foundation problems. Also, you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing your home is stable and secure.