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What is the water table, and how does it affect homes?

 

Last updated 1/18/2019 at 12:33am

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If not properly addressed, ground water can affect an existing foundation and the ability to build successfully.

FALLBROOK – The groundwater table plays a role in home construction, foundation stability and home comfort. Because the groundwater table is so significant, it behooves homeowners to understand how it works.

National Geographic defines a water table as the boundary between water-saturated ground and unsaturated ground. Well beneath the ground, at various depths depending on geography, topography and weather conditions, pockets of water, called aquifers, exist. The water table marks the boundary between that available water and the dry surface.

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