Foundation Drainage

Soil Erosion

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in erosion, Foundation Drainage, Foundations, Oklahoma Weather, Slab Lifting | Comments Off on Soil Erosion

Soil Erosion

With Memorial Day weekend upon us, now is a great time to be getting out in the yard and doing some planting.  For many of us, this means filling our flower beds or vegetable patches, but with the recent rains and more on the way, you might want to consider something a little larger. As I’ve mentioned before, Tulsa lies on a flood plain; its soil is very fine and, for lack of a better term, slippery.  When we have an extended wet season all of that rain and flooding moves the soil around your home, sometimes taking it away altogether.  This problem is exacerbated by hot, dry summers (which is exactly what the forecast has in store for us this year).  Beyond aesthetics, when the soil shifts and then shrinks, many homes see foundation shifts as well – sometimes even slab cracks and breakage. The simplest and, in my opinion, most fun way to combat that shifting and erosion is with trees and shrubs. It makes sense, doesn’t it?  Trees and shrubs have larger root systems which act as anchors, keeping your soil where it belongs.  Some Oklahoma favorites are crepe myrtles, butterfly bushes, and of course our state tree, the redbud.                                   Now, as much as I love trees, I’m not going to pretend that they’re a cure-all, nor will they fix any problems you already have – that’s our job.  But once you’ve had your slab foundation stabilized, or your piering adjusted, finding answers to your erosion problems will go a long way towards making sure your foundation repairs last for decades to come.   For more information on how to combat erosion caused by drainage problems, check out my article on French drains. Have a happy, safe, and fun Memorial Day weekend!  ...

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Solving Drainage Issues

Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 in Buying Or Selling A Home, Foundation Drainage, Oklahoma Weather, Trifusion Foundation Repair Events | Comments Off on Solving Drainage Issues

Solving Drainage Issues

I want to start by saying that we at Trifusion have those injured by last night’s storm in our thoughts today, and that we’re all thankful that there were no fatalities.   But it does highlight the fact that storm season is officially upon us.  And naturally, spring rains always highlight the biggest problem for Oklahoma foundations: drainage. In theory, your home’s gutters are going to be doing a lot of the heavy lifting in this area, by funneling the water away from your home.  However, all those gutters do is catch runoff from your roof and channel it into one corner downspout.  It helps, yes, but it doesn’t solve the problem of all the rest of the rain – and often the downspout doesn’t direct the water far enough away to do more than have it only affect that corner of the house.  To that end, one of the most up-and-coming popular solutions is to install a French drain. A French drain is a gravel trench dug around all or part of your home, with a perforated pipe hidden inside.  It’s kind of a reverse moat: excess groundwater flows into the pipe through the gravel, and the pipe in turn empties out somewhere away from the home.  They’re easy to maintain, are unobtrusive, and can go a long way toward maintaining your foundation’s integrity as well as reducing problems such as ponding (where a depression in a driveway or walkway fills with water, creating a temporary pond).    “Gravel trench” doesn’t sound very attractive, but decorative rock can be used to turn them into a beautiful landscaping feature.  And hey, if you find yourself needing one, give us a call!  ...

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