Feeling the Heat This Summer? So is Your Home’s Foundation!
Remember a few weeks ago, when St. Louisans were cold and complaining about the “never-ending winter?” And then remember when—in the span of what seemed like only 72 hours or so—we stepped into summer? All 95 degrees of it?
Feeling like we skipped over springtime might be exciting for those who love summer, but it can be not-so-great for your home’s foundation.
Why? Dry Soil Conditions
A lack of spring showers means very dry soil. Along with the intense heat, this can create a “drought condition,” and when the soil surrounding your home is too dry, it can shrink. Dry, shrinking soil can move and shift, taking your foundation with it. This is especially true if you have large trees near your home, as they will consume large amounts of the water in the already-dry soil.
If your home’s foundation floor or walls do shift due to shrinking soil, it can form cracks that can allow moisture in when it does rain. Additionally, soil movement can leave your foundation exposed and unsupported in some areas.
How Does This Affect My Home?
Due to the heat and lack of moisture, foundation movement can be very common in the St. Louis area. If left unmonitored and untreated, this can cause various issues and structural damage to your home. Cracks in your home’s foundation can allow moisture in, leading to potential flooding problems when it does rain.
Worse, if the movement is significant, cracks can lead to a sinking foundation, an uneven foundation, or bowing walls that lean in or out. A sinking foundation signals that enough soil movement has taken place to cause your foundation to tilt and “lean on” another ground area for support. If your foundation is sinking or settling, it’s time to call the Foundation Doctor of St. Louis.
What Should You Look For?
Some indications of foundation settling can be obvious, like cracks in your interior foundation walls or floor and cracks or separation of exterior bricks. Some clues are more subtle. If you notice new cracks in your drywall throughout the house, or if you notice that an old crack starts “growing,” you may have foundation movement. If your doors are sticking or becoming hard to open, or if you notice gaps around your windows, you may have foundation movement. If tile in your bathrooms or kitchen starts cracking or buckling, you may have foundation movement. These are hints pointing you toward calling the Foundation Doctor to provide a foundation inspection and evaluation.
What Can You Do?
Periodically examine your foundation, both inside and outside your home. If you notice that you’ve had a lot of dry days, it’s not a bad idea to run a hose and provide moisture to the soil around your foundation.
Another good idea is to run a dehumidifier in your basement or crawl space, because even without rain, you’ll want to monitor moisture inside your home. While you’re checking your foundation for cracks, you can also look for mold.
If you find any cracks or items of concern, don’t hesitate to call the Foundation Doctor.
Who Should You Call?
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 a free
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.