Have you ever been concerned about whether the temperatures during the summer will have an impact on your home’s foundation? If you are concerned, you have the right to be concerned because the heat can indeed cause cracks and other damage to your home’s foundation. When the summer heat causes damage to your home’s foundation, you will be faced with a variety of struggles and frustrations about what you should do with your foundation cracks.
As much as you may want to avoid taking the time to have your foundation checked for cracks, you need to ensure you have a healthy foundation to make sure you extend the longevity of your home. Foundation cracks are among the top home repairs that you should pay attention to. While some small foundation cracks may not cause too much harm, other foundation cracks can seriously interfere with your foundation’s stability. It is important that you are able to detect foundation cracks and have them repaired before they result in damage that will be really expensive to repair.
Finding Foundation Cracks
Did you know that you can detect foundation cracks by using a pencil? Cracks that are smaller than the width of your No. 2 pencil are typically not major; you can generally fill the hairline cracks with epoxy. However, the crack can be a major issue if the tip of your No. 2 pencil can fit inside it. On the other hand, you should be alarmed if you notice any horizontal cracks or any bulges in your foundation.
Averting Foundation Damage
If you want to do your part in preventing foundation cracks it is important that you take the right steps to ensure your foundation has enough moisture. The clay soil in Texas can easily and quickly shrink and swell when the moisture levels change. When you are going through dry spells, we recommend that you make sure you keep your foundation watered. However, you should avoid using too much moisture on your foundation.
While the summer heat is responsible for foundation cracks, we want you to remember that heavy rains can also contribute to foundation cracks. Regardless of the weather conditions or the causes of the foundation cracks, you will need to make sure your foundation problems are addressed.
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