How Important is Slope to a foundation?

July 12, 2012

drainage for healthy foundation in Austin, TX

So really, how important is it to have the ground surrounding a home to slope away from the foundation?


This is something that is extremely important for a Texas foundation’s well being over time. Remember, the key to maintaining a healthy foundation is to have the moisture levels the same around the entire foundation. This means it’s important to have water flow away from the foundation by a good 4 to 5 feet.

If your home is on a hill and water pools on one side, you will need to look into things like French Drains.

After I complete an Austin Foundation Repair or San Antonio Foundation Repair, I often explain some long term fixes. One major thing is proper drainage – positive drainage – around a property. Consistent moisture level maintenance of your Austin or San Antonio homes foundation is essential.

Most people associate a French Drain with France, but they are really named for their creator Henry French in the 1800′s. A French drain, drain tile, perimeter drain or land drain is a trench covered with rock/gravel that redirects surface and groundwater away from an area.

A French drain can have hollow pipes along the bottom to quickly vent water that seeps down through the upper gravel or rock. French drains are common drainage systems, primarily used to prevent ground and surface water from penetrating or damaging building foundations. French drains are also used behind retaining walls to relieve ground water pressure.

Douglas Foundation Repair is very skilled at consulting and creating a french drain system for your Austin area or San Antonio area home.