One of the most common weather events in our area of the country is long, hot, dry spells. The soil around your foundation can impact your home’s stability whether it’s too much moisture or not enough.
When the soil around your foundation dries out, it can shrink. When it does this, it will act like a sponge and draw the moisture out from under your foundation. The soil under your foundation will settle, and your house or business can be damaged from uneven settling.
Changes in the soil are to be expected and they usually will have little effect on your structure. However, when the soil is uneven in its moisture content, problems can occur. There are several reasons that your soil may be drying unevenly, so it’s important that you have an expert inspect your property to determine what is going on.
It is very important that the yard around your home or business is properly graded. Rainfall and irrigation should flow away from the home. During or immediately after a rain, you should walk around the property and make sure that water isn’t pooling against the foundation.
Another very important thing to check is your gutters and downspouts. Make sure they are clear of debris and are emptying far from the foundation. Water spilling over the gutters can fall straight down and soak right alongside the foundation.
If cracks begin to form around your foundation, you may be in for a big problem, if nothing is done. Large cracks will allow air to enter farther into the ground, drying the soil out even more, leading to more cracks. When it does rain again, the water can flow deeper into the ground, causing the soil to settle and eventually your foundation will crack from the stress. The cracks can also allow the soil to erode, further weakening the support around the foundation. If you notice the large cracks or that the soil is pulling away from the foundation, it is a sign that the soil needs moisture.
If you are using an irrigation system or sprinkler, make sure that the soil around the foundation is handling the water. You’ll need to keep an eye on it every day, making sure that the ground isn’t oversaturated. Also, make sure that trees and landscaping that are too close to the foundation can cause problems with moisture. Trees that are too close may suck the water out of the soil, causing the ground to shrink. Landscaping that is too close to the foundation can do the same thing, or trap moisture against the foundation walls.
Make sure that the soil around your home maintains the same level of moisture year-round. Shrinking and expanding can quickly damage your foundation, like bending a wire back and forth until it snaps.
If you’re not sure what to do with the soil surrounding your property or you begin to see signs of foundation settlement, it’s time to call in the experts. Foundation and drainage professionals like the ones at Foundation Support Specialists can inspect your home and help you with drainage solutions and foundation repairs.
There are several options that Foundation Support Specialists recommends:
These solutions are suitable for both residential and commercial properties.
Don’t let the Texas summers ruin your home or business. Protect your foundation from dried out soil and shrinking support. Contact Foundation Support Specialists for all of your drainage, waterproofing, and foundation needs.