Hot Weather Foundation Repair

Why Hot Weather Damages Your Foundation

Texas temperatures in summer easily break 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Even when the temperature is in the high 90s, dry Texas weather wicks the moisture from the soil around your house and steals it from your foundation, which causes cracks. Dry weather day after day is a recipe for foundation disaster, and you may find yourself with lasting foundation damage that compromises the structural integrity of your home if you don’t address the problem.

Shrinking Soil

When the weather gets too hot, especially in states like Texas where the daily summer temperature easily reaches above 100, that dehydrates the soil. Since the soil around your foundation is usually moist, it shrinks when it’s dehydrated, moves around, and stops supporting your foundation. The loss in support causes your foundation to crack.

Foundation Cracks

Cement and clay foundations are popular in Texas. Unfortunately, the dehydration hot weather causes in soil also happens to the foundation itself. You’ve seen how cracks form in dry soil. Those same cracks start to form in your foundation when the hot weather wicks too much moisture from it. When they form in concrete slab foundations, that’s a recipe for a sinking, uneven foundation that will eventually cause structural damage to your house.

Sinking Foundations

When cracks occur in the foundation because of dryness and hot weather, the foundation will crack and separate until it finds support again. However far away from your foundation the dry soil has moved, that’s how far the foundation will move until it has soil to rest against again. This causes parts of your foundation and house to tilt in whatever direction the foundation started to fall and sink.

Just Add Water

One of the ways homeowners can combat dry soil and cracking foundation is to water the area around the house. Spend 15 to 20 minutes each day adding water to the foundation. If your area is in a drought, do as much as you’re allowed, but be consistent. As permitted, increase your watering time until you hit 15 or 20 minutes each day. Just remember to keep the soaker hoses 6-18″ away from the foundation.  For those who worry about water costs during the summer, your water bill might be a bit higher, but that’s preferable to a foundation repair that costs thousands of dollars.

Call a Professional

How do you know this damage hasn’t occurred already? Sometimes it’s obvious, but sometimes those cracks are sitting in places you can’t see. Call a professional and ask for a foundation evaluation. When no problems exist, the professional will recommend more measures you can take to make sure your foundation stays intact. When cracks are present, the professional will let you know how extensive the damage is and whether repairs need to happen right away.

The Texas heat is brutal on your foundation, so foundation damage isn’t something to ignore. Call Align Foundation Repair right away for an inspection. If your foundation is fine, start watering it every summer day to make sure it stays that way. If it isn’t, take care of it before the damage gets any worse.

 

Spot Foundation Problems

How to Spot Foundation Problems

Your home’s foundation is one of the most important parts of its structure, but it’s one area you may not think about regularly. However, an issue with your foundation can cause trouble for the structure itself.

Usually, people look for cracks in the foundation to decide if there’s an issue. While some cracks can be caused by normal settling, major foundation issues are not only problematic, but also costly to repair. Learn about the top four most common foundation problems and ways you can spot them.

Windows and Doors That Stick or Won’t Open and Close

If your windows and doors are sticking and not opening or shutting properly, your home’s foundation may be the problem. As the problem grows, the walls in your house could start shifting as well. These shifts are often small and develop over long periods of time. Gradually, these shifts can cause your doors and windows to become misaligned or jammed.

Speaking of jambs, windows and door jambs could be shifting as well. Windows and doors can become harder to move as the framing around them shifts and misaligns the hinges or lifting mechanisms. It may also be likely that the wood around the doors and windows has started placing more pressure on the frames.

Ceiling Weakness

While many people look down to spot foundation problems, you should look up. Although cracks in title and cement floors can be signs of foundation issues, cracks in the ceiling, and above windows and doors, are actually more likely to develop sooner. If you have floor coverings, such as linoleum or carpet, you may not be able to see cracks develop in the concrete underneath.

Look for vertical, spiderweb-like cracks on your ceiling near corners or near the corners of door frames or jambs. These weak spots can be caused by foundation issues and can indicate a potential problem. The cracks might also mean that the foundation and the walls may be shifting, weakening connections to the ceiling, and compromising the plaster’s integrity.

Cracks in the Foundation

Cracks in your foundation can also be signs of problems. If the cracks are vertical, these cracks may point to a settling foundation.

However, horizontal cracks, especially if the cement around them is crumbling or weak, are not something to ignore. If the cement is crumbling, the concrete used in your foundation may be structurally weak itself. The weakened cement, coupled with the cracks, can be strong signals of a compromised foundation.

Doors That Won’t Stay Closed

If your doors tend to swing open by themselves or won’t stay closed on their own, your floor could be uneven. An uneven floor can cause the doors to move and make the doors more difficult to latch. While problematic doors could also point to other problems, if tightening the hinges doesn’t help, you should have a professional home inspector examine your home’s foundation.

Knowing what to look for when you’re facing home foundation problems is key. When you concentrate on the issues above, you’ll not only realize when you may need serious repairs by a professional foundation repair company, but you’ll also notice those signs that your home’s foundation has a problem sooner than later.