What the Summer Heat Does to Your Foundation

When we think of foundation damage, we think of the damage that is done by too much rain. It makes the soil too saturated with water and unsteady, allowing your foundation to shift. However, it is not just rainy periods where you should be concerned for the foundation of your home. The hot and dry periods of the year, especially summer heat, can be just as damaging.

What the Summer Heat Does to Your Foundation

The Dallas area is unfortunately flush with expansive soil. This means that there is a lot of motion that can happen to it. In wet periods, it swells and becomes slick. However, in dry periods in the summer, the soil can actually shrink. The soil shrinking away from your foundation is still very much motion that can cause your foundation to shift and settle.

One of the ways homeowners often combat this, often unknowingly, is with landscaping. Shrubbery and other landscaping by the home helps the soil hold moisture, provides shade to prevent the soil from quickly drying out, and is something that homeowners will water. Essentially, the way to combat foundation damage on hot, dry days is to get your hose and water the area around the foundation. Especially if you see the soil pulling away. Having landscaping gives you a reason to water the foundation, but areas without landscaping perhaps need the watering even more, especially if exposed to direct sun.

If you are looking to prevent foundation damage in the summer, a good rule of thumb is if you haven’t had any rain in a week and the temperatures have been upwards of 90 degrees, you will want to give the soil around your foundation some saturation.

Do you have a foundation in the Dallas Fort Worth area that is manifesting signs of damage? We can help. Foundation problems are not something that will get better, they will only grow worse. Let our professionals at Hargrave Custom Foundation Repair help you solve the problem before it gets any worse. Contact us today to see what we can do for you.

Do Tree Roots Damage Your Foundation?

A tree can be a great addition to a yard. It not only provides you with a nice dose of oxygen, but it gives your yard some much needed shade. However, a tree planted too close to your home can be a hazard. Certainly you need to be concerned about branches falling on your roof, but roots growing under your foundation is also a problem.

Do Tree Roots Damage Your Foundation?

The truth is that not all trees are a problem for your foundation. A pine tree, for example, has roots that grow straight down, meaning they will have virtually no impact on a foundation. However, fast growing hardwoods like oak or elm have very shallow roots that spread over the surface. This can not only sap the soil of moisture near the surface, but the roots have the potential to breach the surface, thus moving the foundation.

Signs Tree Roots are Affecting Your Foundation

If you aren’t sure if your nearby tree is causing foundation problems, you can look for a few common signs. These include:

  • Cracking Foundation Near a Tree — Foundation damage due to a tree won’t be found on the other side of your house, you will notice cracking almost adjacent to the tree.
  • Your Home Slants Towards a Tree — If you notice your foundation almost slants towards a nearby tree, this can be a sign that it is sapping the nearby soil of moisture. While it may not have cause any damage yet, it will very soon as the soil continues to collapse.
  • Raise Roots Towards Your Home — If you can see the roots, this is a problem for your yard. It’s not good for the tree and it becomes a trip hazard. However, if those raised roots are heading towards your home, then it is also a problem for your foundation.

While we can’t help you with nearby trees, if the trees in your yard have already caused foundation damage, we can help prevent that from getting any worse. Contact us today to see what Hargrave Custom Foundation Repair can do to get your home back on a steady foundation.