Ground should slope away from foundation walls, ideally with a grade of 5% over a length of 10 feet. Some holes are deep but some are described as shallow. Sometimes there are piles of dirt and sometimes not. If it does not, add soil and a ground cover to keep it in place. it happened also last year around August when it was very dry season and there were cracks in the soil in my property . Then, put a level at an ideal position on top of your board. This is every six inches of depth. 1) termites or ants or similar tunnelling insects in profusion - though you should be seeing mud trails up the foundation to the wall, or termites inside, if that active along your foundation. Then, measure the length from where the board ends to the ground. They should check frequently for small holes in the ground or cracks in a structure's foundation. 2) gophers or ground squirrels tunnelling - or moles if in topsoil/vegetation area. SOIL SUBSIDENCE? Dig and chop out any plant roots growing near the foundation. They can burrow under the deck, house foundation, or other structures. Many bees, for example, are solitary and will dig cylindrical tunnels in loose soil as they create chambers for egg-laying. Remember to make sure the land slopes away from the foundation so that water does not pool next to foundation walls. Assess the slope around the foundation. The soil should slope between 3 percent to 5 percent within 10 feet of the foundation. Simply set one end of the board on the ground directly next to the foundation of your home. 2-inch-diameter hole with a small mound, in lawn with raised tunnel nearby -- mole. Prevent further water erosion by re-routing the flow of water. Fill in any depressed or sunken ground areas near the foundation's area of erosion. I noticed a hole right next to my foundation where I have my landscaping infront of my house measuring 1 to 1 1/2 inch wide, lenght is about 7-8 inches long, about 12 inches deep. This is one thing I really can't decide on - right now the basement seems pretty dry, yes. Ensure that all water flow is directed away from the structure's walls and foundation. If moles, ground bees, chipmunks, and the neighbor’s dog are ruled out, what’s left? You may want to overfill the hole since the fill soil may compact and settle over time. Rarely do my clients see a creature making the hole. Lift the remaining end of the 10-foot board until your level shows that the board is positioned evenly. Laying gravel around a building foundation has benefits and disadvantages, all depending on soil type and grade. There are also insects that prefer to live in the ground during their adult stage. Erectors of structural elements need to avoid this area too. Just make sure that you install it in an L shape and bury it deep into the ground, 1 foot or so. Therefore, installing a wire mesh under the ground against such structures is a great way to protect your place. All of these things would lead to water in the basement. These holes are typically between ¼-and ½-inch wide and are found where vegetation is sparse. Dirt placed in the hole next to your foundation requires mechanical compacting using a vibrator. But in the next 10 years, anything could happen - huge storm, damaged rain spout, water heater or pipe leak, crack in the foundation, etc. A patio, for example, should go outside foundation backfill spots unless special compaction arrangements on such spots is initiated. Sometimes the holes are grapefruit size, sometimes golf ball size. 1-inch-diameter hole, no mound, next … The 2-3-inch-wide tunnel is most diagnostic for moles. 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