How to avoid cracks in your home caused by foundation movement
Interior and exterior cracks are a common issue we face here in Texas as we experience hot dry summers. When we begin to notice movement, it is essential to stop and / or correct it before more problems follow.
We’ve put together some tips to keep your foundations healthy year-round.
Water your foundations regularly
Watering your foundations multiple days, a week is essential. If you have a drip irrigation system in place, make sure this it is set at a minimum to water every other day for several hours. During our warmer and drier months, you may want to water every day if soil around the foundation appears to be dry and cracking.
While sprinklers will help moisten the ground and water the grass, they will not maintain proper water moisture soil content. By installing a drip irrigation system or soaker hoses you can assure that the moisture is able to penetrate deeper into the ground, helping to protect your slab.
Drainage is important
While it is important to water your foundation, it is also important to ensure that the water is not allowed to pool around your house for extended periods of time.
When soil stays too wet it can begin to expand and that movement will cause walls to crack. This is especially true if plumbing leaks are allowed to continually dump water under the slab.
Be careful where you plant your trees
Trees and shrubs can make your house feel like a home but planting them too close to your foundation can cause issues in years to come. During our dry season, the trees will pull moisture from the soil and can cause the foundations to settle unevenly and begin to form cracks.
Use a foundation contractor you can trust
For those who are already dealing with cracks in their foundation or concerned about other signs of movement, you must use a concrete repairs contractor that you can trust.
Atlas Foundation Co is a family-owned and operated business servicing the foundation repair needs of homeowners in Fort Worth and the surrounding areas and have been for the past 60 years. See what our clients have said about our foundation repair work in our reviews!
If you are looking a foundation contractor get in touch with our team or you can request a free quote online below.