As everyone in the Tulsa Metro area is aware, this past summer’s drought and the continued lack of moisture throughout winter has had a major effect on yards, plants, trees, and about every other type of landscaping. These signs are easy for us to see, but the hidden effects of the drought often go unseen until cracks in and around your home become visible. My chiropractor has always said that pain is the last sign of the problems that are occurring with my spine. The same is true when discussing your home’s foundation and the cracks you see, they are the last and most visible sign of foundation damage.
Severe drought causes the soil to dry out under the edges of your home causing
damage as clay soils shrink. Here are three ‘preventive’ steps you can take to
help reduce the effect of a lack of moisture on your foundation:
1. Water your foundation.
Run a soaker hose around the exterior of your home and let it run for a few hours each week. This will help you maintain the moisture levels in the soil around your home, keeping it from pulling away from your foundation.
2. Clean out or install guttering.
Maintaining moist soil around your foundation is important, but occasional downpours from a Tulsa thunderstorm can provide too much moisture too quickly. This causes soil to erode away from your foundation and creates problems.
3. Install Root Barriers.
Beware of large tree roots which can absorb a lot of moisture in the ground near the tree. If you have very large trees near your home, a drought can force tree root systems to reach further underneath your foundation in search of moisture. You may be able to install root barriers to prevent the roots from causing problems with your foundation.
Just as with our health, preventative care now can save you a lot of trouble in the long run. If you are already experiencing foundation problems, give our office a call at 918-366-3001 and we will provide you with a free on-site assessment and estimate.