There are certain times of the year that are perfect for something in particular. These activities can range from planting certain flowers and crops to taking different trips to different locations; timing is even more important when it comes to your foundation. As the climate changes throughout the year, the threat level and potential for damage can ebb and flow. South Louisiana’s tropical climate and unique, clay-laden soil makes this especially true for homes in the Baton Rouge area and along the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain.
Different weather patterns from drought to deluges, from scorching heat to hard freezes all impact the soil that supports your home’s foundation in varying ways. This is why it is so important to recognize the signs of foundation damage, and have it addressed as soon as possible.
Common Signs of Foundation Damage
- Cracks in walls
- Cracks in floors
- Cracks in bricks
- Doors that won’t stay open or closed
- Windows that won’t stay open or closed
- Uneven floors
- Sagging floors
- Gaps in door and window frames
- Cabinets separating from the wall
- Damp crawl space (in pier and beam homes)
What Time of the Year Should You Have Your Foundation Repaired?
The different seasons can create and exacerbate any and all of these symptoms. Because of the influence that the elements have over the health of your home’s foundation, time is of the essence to prevent a small issue can become a large one.
During the summer months, which seem to last most of the year, foundation damage can be accelerated by either drought, or a significant lack of rain. This situation dries out the soil around your home, forcing it to contract, allowing your foundation to shift. Large amounts of rainfall, which is also common, will force the soil to expand, exerting pressure on the foundation, also creating movement and damage. Both of these, or any combination of these events can both create, and increase foundation damage.
The fall, no matter how limited it be, is a great time to have your foundation repaired. The weather becomes more predictable, and it gives you enough time to have the work done before the holidays. The winter months in south Louisiana can be unpredictable. With ice, rain, and low temperatures, these conditions can complicate an already compromised foundation. It is best to address any issues before winter, but if that is when they are discovered, quickly repairing is the best option, no matter what the calendar says.
For over 30 years WCK Foundation Repair has been helping homeowners restore the safety, heath, and value of their homes. WCK uses the only method recommended by structural engineers to correct the damage caused by south Louisiana’s expansive soil.