Foundations are surprisingly fragile for thick concrete slabs. They’re susceptible to damage during both droughts and heavy rain pour, they’re subject to settling and can be worn away by tree roots, and, worst of all, most insurance policies do not cover foundation damage.
What can you do to avoid costly foundation repairs?
If your foundation is significantly damaged, you don’t just face hefty repair costs: you also have to foot the bill to move tenants as needed, have open apartments without tenants, and more. Minimize the risks with consistent maintenance by incorporating healthy practices into your landscaping, such as:
Keep the foundation perimeters shaded and hydrated.
When the soil starts to pull away from the edges of your buildings, that spells bad news because the foundation can settle and shift. Keep the soil firmly in place with light, consistent watering. Landscaping companies can use timed soaker hoses that replenish the soil’s moisture without wasting water. Placing hedges and softer vegetation around the perimeter also helps keep the soil in place.
Use retaining walls.
Sometimes shifting soil starts away from the edge of your building. If you are near a creek or a slope, don’t let damage start to set it: have your landscaping company build a retaining wall that holds the whole landscape in place and matches the outside style of your complex. Building sidewalks right next to retaining walls makes the feature look more design and deliberate.
Keep trees away from concrete.
As young trees grow and develop a widening root system, they can start to dig in and displace concrete slabs. Not only is this bad for your foundations, it can disturb sidewalks, patios, and parking lots. Use a landscaping company to plan out the spacing for new trees and which species are best for your layout.