Water erosion is the process of dirt and stone being worn away by continuous rubbing of water over time. This is often seen in areas where there is a shoreline such at a beach where the ocean hits the sand repeatedly and the shoreline recedes. This is also seen in areas where a river runs through the earth and widens the river over time. Not only does this erosion affect the earth but it also affects the buildings in the wake of the water. When constructing a building in an area that is likely to be affected by water erosion, it is important that the contractor takes steps to protect against it. This might include using retaining walls to hold back the soil that might be washed away.
When building a home or purchasing a home that could be affected by water erosion, having a home inspector look over the building carefully for signs of water erosion is wise. This will give you an idea of whether you will need to deal with the problem after purchase and if there is any damage that needs to be repaired. This will also prepare you for having to deal with any type of reinforcement that should be considered to keep the property safe.