Recently, HD Foundations was featured in the Dallas Morning News in an article that pertains to all Dallas homeowners. The article, which discusses the current Dallas 2018 drought that is somewhat similar to the major one in 2011, the Dallas Morning News interviewed HD Foundations’ owner Greg Roberts about the impact that this has had on their customers and North Texas homeowners in general.
While the 2018 drought has very visible effects on local DFW home lawns and gardens, it has also adversely affected house foundations. This has created the need for a lot of costly foundation repairs for many in the Dallas area with concrete slab or pier and beam foundations. Homeowners in the North Texas area have to contend with what’s called expansive clay soil, which is a type of soil that reacts strongly to the amount of moisture in the ground.
In times of flooding, expansive clay soil will swell up with excess moisture, oftentimes causing shifts and upheaval that can cause damage to the foundation itself. During times of drought, the soil will shrink due to a lack of moisture which can also lead to costly deterioration. If the soil is pulling away from your house foundation, you can blame it on heat and lack of water
What Can I Do To Prevent Foundation Damage in a Drought?
One of the most impactful preventative measures a homeowner can do in order to prevent foundation damage due to drought is foundation watering. This is a great way to regulate the moisture that comes into contact with the expansive clay soil underneath your home, thereby lowering the risk of causing harmful shifts.
What if There Has Been Damage to My Foundation Due to Drought?
Always have a trusted foundation repair contractor evaluate your home’s foundation to assess if there is any damage to ensure that foundation repairs are necessary. From there, they will discuss you the specific plan of action that will be needed to complete the repairs, which can vary due to the type of foundation your home is built on and the type of foundation piers that are installed.
If you have been affected by the 2018 DFW drought and are in need of foundation repair, contact HD Foundations today for assistance. We service the entire DFW metroplex.