Summer Heat is Bad for Your Home’s Foundation
Summer heat is on the way. If you’ve lived in St. Louis for any amount of time, that’s no surprise. It’s bad weather for outdoor running, big furry dogs, and, believe it or not, your home’sfoundation.
If we don’t get much rain, the intense summer heat can cause soil shrinkage. This shrinking soil can move and shift, taking your foundation along for the ride. If you have large trees near your home, this can become an even bigger issue, because even if it doesn’t seem that dry to you, these trees will have sucked up any water in the soil, drying it out.
Foundation movement can be very common in the St. Louis area. This movement can cause cracks in your foundation, which can allow moisture to seep in when it finally does rain. If left unmonitored and untreated, this can cause various issues (flooding, bowing walls, etc.) and structural damage to your home. If the movement is significant or continues to occur over a length of time, this can lead to a sinking foundation or an uneven foundation.
Additionally, summer heat can cause soil movement, which can leave your foundation exposed and unsupported in some areas.
What Should You Do?
First and foremost, keep an eye out for changes caused by heat.
Do you see a crack in your interior foundation walls or floor? What about separation of exterior bricks? These can be the most obvious signs of an issue, but there are other, more subtle hints as well. If you notice new cracks in your drywall throughout your home, or if you notice that an old crack starts “growing,” you may have foundation movement. Are your doors sticking or becoming hard to open? Do you see any gaps around your windows? Are your kitchen tiles cracking or buckling? All are signs of foundation movement, caused by summer heat.
Periodically examine both the inside and the outside of your home for heat related damage. If we’ve had lots of dry weather, it won’t hurt to run a hose and provide some moisture to the soil around your foundation. Additionally, you can run a dehumidifier in your basement to ensure that any existing moisture won’t cause an issue.
If you notice any of the above signs, or if you see other changes in walls or floors, it’s time to call the Foundation Doctor St. Louis for an inspection and evaluation.
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The Foundation Doctor of St. Louis will identify your foundation problem, offer the solution, and permanently fix the foundation damage at its source. Call us today for afree foundation evaluation! We will provide peace of mind so that you can enjoy our muggy, St. Louis summers at the pool or in your garden, free from worry about your foundation.