To start your home’s construction, a very large hole had to be dug in the ground to accommodate building the foundation. Some of the soil that was excavated and removed was then replaced or “backfilled” to fill in the gap that remained between the foundation walls and the rest of the earth after the walls were constructed. This soil is loose and fluffy, and not densely packed like untouched soil on the property. Because of this, the soil immediately surrounding the house easily becomes saturated and collects water, creating a “clay bowl” and putting pressure on the walls that leads to cracks and leaking water.
Clay Bowl Effect
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