In some areas of the country, it isn't uncommon for temperatures to stay above 100 degrees most of the summer. However, even when the temperatures are in the upper 90s, it can wreak havoc on your home's foundation. The reason for this is that the dry weather steals the moisture from within the soil that around your home and your foundation, which eventually results in cracks. When this happens on a regular basis and is left untreated, it can create foundation damage that affects the overall structural integrity of your house. Here's how summer weather can damage your home's foundation in a bit more detail and what you can do about it:
1. The Soil Shrinks.
When temperatures rise, especially to exceedingly high numbers like 100, it results in the soil dehydrating. As a general rule, the soil that is located around your home's foundation is moist. When it loses that moisture, it will shrink and move. As a result, it is unable to continue fully supporting your foundation, which results in foundation cracks.
2. Your Foundation Cracks.
The loss of moisture not only dehydrates the soil, but it also dehydrates the foundation. Just as cracks occur in the soil, they will also occur in the foundation. When these cracks begin forming, especially too many of them, the foundation can begin sinking. This could result in an uneven foundation, which can eventually lead to structural damage of your home.
So, What Can You Do? Add Some Water.
None of that sounds good, right? Of course not. Luckily, there is something that you can do to help prevent your foundation from cracking during the summer when temperatures are high and when rain may not necessarily be abundant: provide the soil around your home, as well as your home's foundation, some water. The easiest way is to use a drip irrigation system or soaker hoses. However, as long as you are getting water to your foundation every day, you are helping prevent damage.
Worried Damaged Has Already Occurred?
As a general rule, you will be able to tell if foundation damage has already occurred. However, there are also instances when the foundation cracks are in areas that you are unable to see and only a professional will be able to locate them with a professional evaluation. If you are concerned about your foundation and/or are interested in ways that you can prevent damage to your foundation, contact a foundation repair expert in your area for an inspection immediately.