Midwesterners know how detrimental drought scan be, especially since much of Nebraska and Iowa’s economies are heavily dependent on the agriculture sector. Oh, and we sort of sit on top of the world’s largest aquifer, but did you know these droughts can have a substantial impact on your home, too? In fact, Better Business Bureau offices in Texas reported a 75 percent increase in requests for foundation repair information during their current drought.
According to the Drought Monitor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, southern regions of Nebraska and Iowa are currently experiencing abnormally dry and moderate drought conditions. In addition, the region is recovering from extreme and exceptional drought levels, the Drought Monitor’s most severe rankings, which we experienced in 2014. The soil of your home shrinks away during times of prolonged dryness. This can cause bank-breaking foundation issues if you let the problems persist.
Settling can occur when the soil shrinks away from your house. This moisture imbalance loosens your home’s foundation, causing cracks to appear throughout the structure and weakening its structural integrity. Nearby trees may also contribute to settling. Droughts will only increase this likelihood since roots can dehydrate the soil beneath your home in their search for additional water, accelerating soil shrinkage.
When your foundation begins to settle, cracks will first form in the basement walls and can progress toward upper levels along window and door frames. Don’t overlook that newly hard-to-open door as it could be an early sign of settling. At the very least, it doesn’t hurt to give your foundation a quick check to ensure your home isn’t settling. If you notice any new cracks or hard-to-open doors, consider contacting Epp Concrete for a free estimate.
How will a drought cause your house to flood? Well, thanks to the new cracks in the walls and gaps between your foundation from soil shrinkage, you will likely experience leakage or flooding when it rains. Soil can also quickly expand following heavy precipitation after a dry period, creating new or larger cracks in your foundation.
By hiring our experts for a free estimate, we will identify the source of your home’s flooding. Fixing damages caused by settling requires different solutions from home to home. Lucky for you, we provide our customers with a variety of solutions to fix a flooding basement and settling foundation.
Prepare & Inspect
Homeowners should constantly take note of any cracks in their foundation or leakage in their basement. Any new leaks or cracks could be early signs of a much-needed repair and save you loads of money in the long-run.
It’s a good idea to invest in a soaker hose during a drought. Place the soaker hose within 12 to 18 inches of your foundation to moisturize the soil around it. It’s important to only moisturize the soil, not saturate it. Soaking should mitigate the absence of rain until the dry period is over and will help prevent damage.
Hire an expert
The problem only becomes more expensive the longer you wait. Epp Concrete provides our clients with free inspections. Most at-home quick-fixes are like putting a bandage on a broken leg, causing more damage in the long haul. Contacting our company right away is always in your best interest.
At Epp Concrete, we fix basements. Our experts will help you identify and solve any issues associated with your foundation. For instance, our Steel Driven Push Pier System is tailor-made to fix the foundation problems of your specific home and is a great solution to a settling home. A simple fix for a delicate problem.