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Old 02-01-2016, 09:17 AM
Location: San Antonio
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Novice and first time homeowner here. I own a 1920 craftsman in Beacon Hill. Foundation was repaired in late 2011. This past year things have shifted dramatically and I believe it's mostly due to water drainage and sloping. I'm currently working on directing water away from the home: gutter extensions, building french drains.

My question is: is it worth the investment to install skirting around the pier and bien foundation? There is currently only decorative lattice around parts of home. I would be looking into concrete going several inches below soil. I realize this will definitely help with insulation, critters, etc, but will it make that much of an impact if I'm being proactive about water diversion? Don't really have the extra $$ to spend if I can make it work otherwise. But I do not want to further jeopardize the integrity of the foundation.

Opinions? Thanks so much.
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Old 02-01-2016, 09:42 AM
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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I'd say that would be a good idea, because runoff can make a big difference under the house. I'd also say that I'd go under the house and look at your support piers - you might find that they've shifted, or some of the shims may have gotten out of position. Having to periodically "tweak" pier and beam isn't that unusual to my understanding - but I'm betting there will be a few folks along with a MUCH better knowledge that can help you with more specifics.
Hopefully, the mods will allow this string to stay in the SA forum - soils are VERY locale specific - and what is good in one part of the state (let alone the country) isn't the same in another.
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Old 02-01-2016, 01:31 PM
Location: San Antonio
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I would DEFINITELY check with an expert in the field, because if I am not mistaken, I remember a case where a homeowner took action to protect HIS foundation with drainage that created issues for his neighbor and he was SUED for the damage. Better safe than sorry. Wish you luck for sure!!!
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