Now that summer is here, thousands of North Texas residents are enjoying the sunshine while their homes’ foundations are developing cracks and other damage. Here are a few ways that you can help protect your home from the consequences of a damaged foundation:
Performing Regular Watering
During the summer, the hot sun and dry air remove moisture from just about everything—even the soil around your foundation. Dried clay soil tends to contract, removing a portion of your foundation’s essential support. In order to keep your foundation safe from shifting and cracking, experts recommend watering the area around your home for an hour each day.
Mulching Your Yard
Though frequent watering can help to preserve your home’s foundation, it’s also very expensive and wasteful. Another alternative is to water the area around your home, and then top it off with a layer of mulch. Mulch won’t just keep in moisture—it will also discourage weed growth and provide your plants with essential nutrients.
Watching for Signs of Damage
Unfortunately, watering your yard can’t always prevent your foundation from cracking. That’s why you should always be on the lookout for signs of foundation damage—including cracks in your home’s walls, sticking doors, and window gaps. The sooner you catch a problem with your foundation, the sooner you can repair it and prevent further damage to your home.
Calling in the Pros
There’s little that the typical homeowner can do to repair a foundation. If you suspect that your foundation is in bad shape, you shouldn’t hesitate to call in the professionals. An experienced foundation repair company should be able to fix all of your foundation problems and prevent them from returning at an affordable price.
A damaged foundation is extremely serious—that’s why it’s important that Dallas homeowners contact Structured Foundation Repairs, Inc. at the first sign of foundation failure. After giving you a free evaluation, our experts will happily perform mudjacking, drainage correction, or a number of other essential foundation repair jobs. Call us today at (972) 484-1200 to get started.