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The Importance of Your Foundation

The foundation is one of the most important features of your home. Whether you live in a one level ranch style or a two story family home, the stability of your home is important. There are several ways that your Lexington home's foundation or concrete can experience issues without you being immediately aware.

The Source of Foundation Problems

One of the ways a foundation can be damaged is from the quality of the soil. If there is a lot of clay in your soil, the foundation's stability may be adversely affected by the constant contraction and expansion due to the ever changing moisture content. So, is a very dry soil better? Not necessarily. If the soil that your foundation is built on is dry and powdery, you may experience settling and shifting, causing structural issues. The Lexington foundation and concrete repair contractors with United Structural Systems can help you evaluate the soil surrounding your home.

Another important potential issue to watch is standing water around your foundation. This could be caused by not directing rain water away from the home with the use of a gutter system, or not sloping soil so that any water runs away from the foundation. If water is allowed to pool next to a building’s foundation, instability issues and damage can occur.

Most homeowner’s love to have vibrant landscaping in their yard. It makes your outside area look and feel beautiful. But before you plant that new tree, make sure you don’t put it too close to the foundation. Many people find out too late what kind of damage tree roots can cause to a foundation, or any other concrete structure. 

If you have noticed that you have one of these issues and are concerned about damage to your foundation, United Structural Systems can help! Our Lexington foundation and concrete repair team will come to your home and provide a free estimate for the repair work that needs to be done to stabilize your home’s foundation. 

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