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Your Foundation During Droughts
Dated: July 9 2020
When owning a home!
One thing you must keep in mind especially during times of drought is your home's foundation. It can crack and become raised on one side pulling your plumbing out of its location. Overly dry soil and tree roots compete for moisture in the soil surrounding your home. Foundation cracks lead to many issues such as sloped floors, windows and doors that do not open which also leads to cracks in the walls.
Clay soil in particular when wet expands and lifts the foundation and when dry it causes the foundation to sink. Many home owners do not notice these movements until they have difficulty opening and closing windows and doors. In more extreme cases damages are found in the foundation with cracked and/or broken pipes, chimneys that have shifted, and inside/outside cracks on walls that have separated.
So what is the solution to protect your foundation...WATERING! *Keeping the soil around the foundation consistently moist around the house.
When in drought season conserving water is important however you must care for your foundation. This is when extra watering is needed.
Inspecting your home is as easy as walking around your home to see where soil is settling, shrinking or cracking next to the foundation. This may not be so easy if you have plants aligning your home. However become familiar with the soil around your home so you may notice any changes.
If you do not see a gap between the house foundation and the soil next to it then the soil moisture is being maintained.
If you do see a gap between the house foundation and the soil then you need to take action and implement a watering system that will work for you.
|Should you notice a gap between the house foundation and the soil there are a few things you are able to do to retain moisture.|
Notice: These recommendations are not professional advise. Best is to seek a foundation expert!
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