Foundation failure and Texas soil can go hand-in-hand. Of course failure can be caused by many different problems, but one common issue is the soil surrounding your home. Soil expands and contracts throughout the year, just like wood. This is because of the moisture in the ground and how it’s affected by temperature levels.
How does expanding and contracting soil affect your home? Foundation failure – in relation to Texas soil – can happen when there’s either too much or not enough moisture in the soil surrounding your house.
The soil surrounding your house can have sections with different moisture levels. This causes the soil to shrink or swell at different locations.
When a certain section of soil is significantly wetter or drier than the rest, it can stress out your home’s foundation. Left untreated, it can also cause foundation failure.
There are four key reasons why these inconsistencies occur in the soil around your house including:
There are a few ways you can protect your home’s foundation from expanding and contracting soil. It’s recommended that you first contact your local foundation repair service to do a soil analysis around your home. This way, you know what type of soil you’re dealing with; Texas alone has up to 60 different types of soil.
It’s usually a good idea to make sure your soil is getting enough moisture. When your soil doesn’t have enough moisture, it can become dry and shrink. This causes settling.
Dry, shrinking, and settling is especially common if you home is built on clay soil. That said, you need to maintain a controlled watering program to give your home’s foundation some stability.
Your soil can crack during hot, dry summers if it’s left unmaintained. This causes the soil to lose its ability to bear heavy loads and your home will start to settle or sink. When you keep the soil moist during dry weather, you prevent cracking.
However, it isn’t enough to turn on the hose and water the ground. You can keep the soil around your home moist using a soaker, which ought to be 12 to 18 inches away from the foundation of your house.
By using a soaker at this distance, you can safely control the moisture in your soil without causing damage to your foundation.
It’s a great idea to use a controlled watering program to keep the soil around your home moist during dry, hot weather to avoid cracking. But before you set up a soaker, you need to make sure you have a proper drainage system in place first.
Drainage systems ensure that the water you’re using to moisten the soil is draining away from the foundation and not settling inside it. Poor drainage, as we listed above, can cause water to pool and certain areas and make different parts of your foundation dryer than the rest.
Whether your home has a slab foundation or a brick and mortar foundation, it’s crucial to control moisture levels in your soil to keep the soil from shifting. Shifting soil can cause foundation problems and potentially foundation failure.
The good news is Perma-Pier Foundation Repair of Texas is here to help. We perform expert soil analysis and provide customized foundation plans of repair to ensure your home is protected for years to come. To learn more about our residential foundation repair services or commercial foundation repair services, schedule your free evaluation today.