Texas residents are no strangers to intense heat and drought-like conditions during the summer months. Not only does it affect us, but it also affects the ability of our home or business’ foundation to do it’s job. If you think your foundation is safe from needing foundation repairs this summer, think again. Extreme summer heat can do more damage than you think.
Moisture in the Soil
During the spring, the Dallas area tends to receive a lot of rainfall, causing the soil near your home or business’ foundation to expand. When the summer arrives, the intense heat causes the soil to be drained of all it’s moisture and contract. While concrete slab foundations are made to withstand this for awhile, overtime it can cause your foundation to crack.
Along with cracking, we also find that a lot of foundations are crumbling due to the lack of moisture in the ground. A crumbling foundation compromises the structural integrity of a building or home. Fixing this issue depends greatly on the diagnosis of our foundation repair experts.
If you’re worried about your foundation crumbling this summer, you might try occasionally watering the perimeter of your foundation to keep it moist. Some homeowners even plant small bushes or flowers near their foundation because their roots lock in moisture that might otherwise be lost. Be careful doing this though as some roots can damage your foundation. Consult with one of our foundation engineers to help weigh your options.
Soil Movement Under Your Slab Foundation
Similar to how moisture levels can cause your soil to expand or contract, soil that shifts around can cause cracks and gaps in your foundation. If the soil beneath your home or business becomes dry for extended periods of time, it’s likely that the soil will settle and sink, providing no support for the building above it. Rarely do people realize what goes on beneath their property until they see cracks near door frames or on their walls. We suggest property owners have their foundations looked at every year or so to check for signs of soil movement.
Fix Your Foundation This Summer
At Dalrock Foundation Repair, we get a lot of calls during the summer months from home and business owners worried about their sagging foundations. If you’re concerned that your building has foundation cracks or other foundation problems, then give us a call! We serve customers like you all over the Dallas metroplex.