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Mitigating the Effects of Drought on Your Foundation

Last updated 4 years ago

Drought is hard on the land, and subsequently hard on your home’s foundation. Uneven settling of the soil can create cracks in your foundation that affect the look and integrity of your home. Taking a few simple steps can help you mitigate these effects, but if you do notice foundation damage, have it appraised and repaired as soon as possible.

Maintain Gutters

Especially during a drought, your home’s gutters may not be foremost on your mind. However, gutter maintenance is an important part of foundation maintenance as well. Your gutters remove and reroute water from your home’s immediate vicinity, which protects your soil from becoming oversaturated when rain does occur. Absorbing too much water too quickly can cause the soil to dissolve, spelling trouble for your foundation. Make sure your gutters are clean and in good repair to prevent this problem when the weather changes.

Water Your Foundation

Although too much water is bad for your foundation, some water is necessary. During times of drought, you can prevent foundation problems by watering the area around your home to maintain normal soil moisture levels. You can easily address this issue by running a soaker hose around the perimeter of your home and watering the ground for a few hours every week.

Don’t let the Texas drought wreak havoc on your home and its foundation. Structured Foundation Repairs, Inc. can assess and repair any foundation issues to prevent further drought damage to your home. Contact us by calling (972) 484-1200 or click on our web contact form to schedule a free evaluation.

 

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