The arrival of fall harkens the coming of widespread change: temperatures drop, leaves explode with color and float to the ground, and the world prepares for its yearly hibernation.
And unfortunately for some, changes in nature also contribute to the deterioration of home foundations, which can threaten the integrity of the entire structure. But what exactly about this beautiful season endangers the ground beneath our feet?
Shifting Soil a Detriment to Home Foundations
Homeowners in the region may notice foundational shifts more often during the fall; and it is certainly no coincidence. A 2010 article in the New York Times details homeowners in Tennessee, Mississippi, and other regional states who noticed damage to their homes after periods of extreme weather change, and posits that unstable weather patterns could cause soil to shift and erode, thus leading to minor and even catastrophic damage to the homes. The article goes further to say that heavy periods of rain and precipitation followed by periods of drought may be to blame for the damage wreaking havoc on so many homes the area.
How exactly is the damaged caused by changes in soil? During a period of rain, the soil will become saturated with water beneath the house, allowing for a stable base on which the house can stand. Once the rain stops, however, and a period of drought sets in, the soil may dry out completely, causing it to contract. As the soil contracts underneath house, it begins to sink and crack, dragging the house down along as well.
Of course, not all houses in areas plagued by heavy rains and droughts will feel the effects of this phenomenon, although it is more likely to occur due to this cyclical pattern.
How to Mitigate the Damage Sustained by Your Foundation
Foundational damage can manifest in a host of ways, all of which, if left unchecked, could lead to additional problems. Some issues associated with foundational damage may include bowing basement walls, porches or chimneys that have become separated from the house, or even windows or doors that won’t shut.
If you have experienced any of these problems with your foundation, however, there are ways to mitigate the damage and help avoid future issues. By repairing and reinforcing your foundation, you will help provide extra fortification for the infrastructure of your home.
Are you hesitant to make repairs because you are unsure of the cost? Avoiding taking necessary steps to fix your home will only exacerbate the problem. Instead of waiting any longer, contact WCK Foundation Repair today for an estimate and answers to any of your other questions. Reach out to us today to learn how we can help you save your home.