Simple ways to reduce movement in a house.
1/ Ensure all gaps between the paving and the base of the wall are sealed off with a sealant.
This will ensure large amounts of water will not cause soil expansion in winter.
2/ All stormwater should discharge out to the street and not to the base of the walls.
This will ensure no soil expansion at all times.
3/ Water gardens around the house at least three times a week in Summer.
This will keep the soil around the house in a stable moisture range and hence reduce soil loads on house footings thereby reducing movement.
4/ Make sure that no large trees are close to the walls.
5/ Have a plumber test that all pipes in the house are not leaking.
6/ If land falls towards the house install stormwater catchment measures to ensure that no stormwater reaches the house.
7/ Ensure that gutters and downpipes are not leaking.
A constant inflow of water into the soil around the bases of walls can lead to soil settlement or expansion.
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