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How Dry Weather Can Affect Soil Conditions

Last updated 6 years ago

Much of the nation is experiencing an intense drought, and it's causing a number of problems. For example, dry soil can cause issues, such as cracking, for your home's foundation. Foundation repairs can help alleviate these problems, especially if the issues are addressed early:

  • Soil Compression and Cracking

Soil reacts to a drought by releasing all of its moisture. As it dries, it becomes loose, and individual pieces separate from each other. Wet soil naturally expands, and soil with a good moisture balance maintains its density. Soil naturally shifts, but extreme conditions like a severe drought can cause a magnified response. As the soil loosens, it no longer supports areas of your home's foundation, which can cause settling or even sudden sinking and cracking. The soil under your home's foundation is already under a lot of pressure from the weight of your home, and even homes with beam and pier foundations can be affected by soil settling and cracking.

  • Tree Root Problems

During a drought, trees will do everything they can to survive. This often exacerbates the problem of dry soil, because tree roots remove as much moisture as possible from the ground. They will also seek out sources of moisture, and this combination of dry soil and root movement can further cause problems for your foundation.

It's important to recognize when your home's foundation may be being affected by a drought. If you have concerns about the health of your foundation, contact Structured Foundation Repairs, Inc. at (972) 484-1200 to schedule an inspection. We can identify problem areas as well as their causes to provide full foundation repairs that help keep your home safe. Our foundation repair specialists can also offer drainage solutions and mudjacking services.


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