You don’t have to be a weather geek to be well aware of the severe heat waves and drought that have affected much of the country in recent years. The impact on gardens, once-green lawns and other landscaping is unmistakable.
But what you may not know is that this kind of heat and extended dryness can mean big problems for your home. It can cause the ground beneath your house to harden and crack, and even start moving and sinking.
And of course, when the ground starts to shift it can cause damage to your home’s foundation. Luckily, if you know where to look, these kinds of issues can be spotted and repaired.
Of course, each of these symptoms could be attributed to other causes. But if you have one or more issue, you would be wise to have a certified foundation specialist from a qualified foundation repair company inspect your home and provide you with a permanent solution.
If your foundation has begun sinking or settling, for instance, a foundation piering system can be used to permanently level your foundation by using structural steel piers to transfer the weight onto bedrock, or bearing soil. In most cases, it’s possible for this process to even out your walls and floors once again!
This may sound like a big project, but an experienced and professional crew can normally complete a job like this within a few days, with minimal disruption to your life.
If your home has a possible underlying structural problem, avoid temporary repairs like:
Structural problems will likely deteriorate with time; sometimes suddenly. And that could lead to HUGE problems later on, including:
Another important tip: we’ve fielded a lot of questions from homeowners who’ve heard they should water their foundations to prevent drought damage. While it’s a practice that might help, it’s not very practical if you consider the amount of watering it would take.
Guest blogger Roy Spencer is with Perma-Seal. Related: