Fill dirt is used under all homes’ foundations as a structural component but it can also harm the foundation of a home. According to NAHB fill dirt is the leading cause of structural failures in new home building.
Walt Keaveny, a professional engineer and geoscientist for 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty, explains that this is not only the most common cause of structural failure but is also one of the most expensive repairs. In fact, around the U.S. on average it cost over $50,000 and in some states over $100,000!
Keaveny discusses fill dirt problems and tips for minimizing the problems in Let’s Talk Dirt. Let’s Talk Dirt is a new resource put out by the National Association of Home Builders Construction Liability. Subjects covered in the publication are about fill placement, density requirements, testing, and the benefits of working with a geotechnical engineer.
Another subject explored in the Ultimate Guide to STOP Basement Water Leaks is moisture found in basements. It is said that over fifty percent of all basements have moisture issues. The most common areas where a basement sees moisture problems are leaks in the walls and floors. If water leaks are not resolved, then the soil around the foundation will be compromised, wood framing will rot, drywall and finishes will be ruined and mold will occur.
When purchasing a home, it is best to work with a Realtor who can help you determine if the home you want to purchase has foundation issues.