How Intense Heat Can Cause Foundation Damage

How Intense Heat Can Cause Foundation Damage Blog Post

The summertime is a great time to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends. However, we all know the summer sun can be brutal but did you also know that it can damage your home’s foundation. When the weather starts heating up, it’s important to be aware of what risks heat can pose to your home. Foundation failure is no joke and can create serious safety concerns for your family. If you are concerned about the safety of your home, keep reading for more information on how intense heat can damage your foundation and tips for prevention.

Foundation Damage From Hot Temperature

When temperatures start to heat up, your foundation is at risk. The soil around your home is usually moist, but as temperatures rise and moisture evaporates, it becomes dehydrated. This change in state can no longer support the foundation, causing your house to settle or move! As your house settles, you may experience cracks in the foundation, sinking or sagging concrete, gaps around doors and windows, or sloping floors. If you are already experiencing cracks in your foundation, it can cause those cracks to widen, which may result in more serious structural problems for your home. As the seasons change, the soil around your home expands and contracts, creating new foundation problems and old ones to worsen.

Not all bad news here! Here are a few things you can do to try and prevent damage to your foundation from excessive heat this season. 

Tips For Foundation Protection

Monitoring the temperature during the summer months and taking steps to protect your foundation can help prevent these problems. Here are some tips for protecting yourself and your home this season:

  1. Keep moisture consistent around your foundation. If you have a sprinkler system make sure it reaches the soil around your home’s foundation. If you do not have a sprinkler system, grab your hose and water the soil around your home. Doing this for just a few minutes every day could help.
  2. Big trees near your home can also increase the risk of foundation damage. Be mindful of tree location as tree roots may desiccate the soil beneath your home, causing the soil to shrink and creating even drier soil conditions around your home. Watering the soil around your foundation helps maintain uniform moisture in the soil. 

If you have been experiencing foundation problems or have noticed any changes in your home’s foundation, call the foundation repair experts today. The team at Ram Jack West is experienced in diagnosing and repairing all types of foundation issues, so don’t wait until the problem gets worse. Schedule a free evaluation today and let us help you get your home back on solid ground. 

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