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Crack In Porch Column

Settling or sinking columns will show the stress by cracks and gapping just like this. The bottom of the column has a gap opening up as the column moves away from the adjoining wall. Also, please note the downspout. Water should always be directed far away from foundations. How far? Most experts recommend at least 10 feet. Keeping water away from the soil near the foundations by grading, landscaping, gutters and downspouts with long extensions helps to minimize the effect that water has on our expansive soils. Check this out to learn more:

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Taken on July 14, 2007