One of Utah’s most recognized bodies of water save for The Great Salt Lake and Utah Lake, is the Jordan River. The river is a pretty significant part of Utah’s history, as both its direction and freshwater qualities helped the first that settled the surrounding areas thrive. The river flows North from Utah Lake and empties into The Great Salt Lake. In this journey the river takes through the valley, it intersects with multiple other bodies of water, and runs through multiple cities in the Northern parts of Utah. One of these cities, South Jordan, contains nearly 4 miles worth of fishing ponds, parks, and natural habitats. Despite this positioning, a very small percent of South Jordan is actually water at all. This amount of water that makes up the city is less than 1%!
You might be curious as to what this all has to do with your settling home, so let’s get to it. The Jordan River is part of how South Jordan got its name, but aside from that, the river itself doesn’t cause too many foundational problems for the population except for the few who live in a very close proximity. Even then, the damage those people see inflicted on their houses is mainly because heavy precipitation during the winter and spring cause the level of the water to rise, and it can travel underneath the ground and damage unprotected foundations. Unfortunately, much like it is the case throughout the rest of Utah, water still succeeds in being one of the biggest problems for homes to this day. Because of its low actual water coverage percent, almost every water based problem homes in the city face is because of rain and snow. Now, South Jordan is more of a flat region (it inclines towards the Oquirrh Mountains ever so slightly) in nature thanks the sediments that sat at the base of a now evaporated lake, and this means that water problems in the South Jordan area aren’t as bad as they could be, but they are still something to look out for. If you don’t know why water is such a big deal, and why we keep talking about it as opposed to other causes of foundation damage, we’ll give you a rundown.