28 Apr Can a Cracked Foundation be Caused by Drought?
Most San Antonio homeowners understand what a drought can do to their yards and gardens. However, not enough know that drought can cause a cracked foundation and other issues. Drought damage is something with which every homeowner should be concerned, especially during a hot Texas summer. Here is a guide to how drought can affect your foundation.
Drought Causing Cracked Foundation
Too much moisture, or too little, can cause major issues for your foundation. Drought damage can occur when the soil around the foundation becomes too dry. This will make it more compact, which will leave space around the slab. Your foundation will then shift to fill in that gap. The gap may also be uneven at certain points, so that your foundation will not shift evenly, which is even worse. You may end up with a slope in your home. A shifting foundation is not structurally sound, and you could be in for major repair bills. If your home is sloped, then you will start to see cracks in your ceiling, walls, and exterior siding. You may need extensive work to repair your cracked foundation and get your home back on solid ground.
How To Tell If You Have Foundation Damage
There was a major drought in San Antonio and Texas less than a decade ago. Unfortunately, many homeowners suffered drought damage to their foundations as a result. There are certain signs to look for that indicate that your foundation might be failing. These signs include cracks in the wall, plaster, or siding, windows and doors that stick, a slope in your home, or separating brickwork. You may also notice cracks in your drywall or gaps in your trim. In some of the worst cases, homes can actually start sinking as their foundations fail. If you are unsure, then contact a professional right away to assess the situation. One way to test if your home is sloping is with a ball or marble test. Place one on the floor, and if it rolls in the same direction every time you try without exerting any force, then your floor is sloped.
How to Prevent Drought Damage
Since drought damage occurs when the soil is too dry and starts to compact, you need to do what you can to keep the soil moist. If you feel that it has been too dry recently, then it’s best to water the soil near your foundation. To do this properly, it is best to prepare the soil ahead of time. Start out anywhere between a half of a foot to a foot out from your home, and dig a shallow trench about six inches deep around your foundation. Then, water this trench so the moisture will leach into the soil directly against the foundation. This will keep it from getting too compact and creating gaps.
Call a Professional
A cracked foundation is no laughing matter, and it isn’t something that should be a DIY project. Call the experts at Arredondo for help if you think that your foundation has been damaged by drought, or by any other cause. A professional can accurately diagnose a foundation issue and come up with the best and safest strategy for repairing it properly. Never leave a damaged foundation for too long. Call today to get help right away.