Here at Epp Concrete, the summer months are extremely busy for foundation repairs. This is partially due to homeowners having more free time to dedicate to home improvements, but the nicer, dryer weather also allows for more uninterrupted work time.
Most people only think about their foundation and their basement during the wet months, but summer is arguably tougher on your homes foundation. The warmer, dryer weather causes the soil to rapidly contract. This is after the soil has been expanding from the rain in the spring putting a steady pressure onto your foundation. The actual heat and weather are not to blame for your foundation repair, but actually the rapid change in temperature and moisture levels placing stress on your home’s foundation.
- In the spring, wet soil expands
- When summer comes, the soil dries out and contracts
- In the fall the wetter, cooler weather causes the soil to expand again
Most of the time, foundation damage is a slow, steady problem, built up after years of soil expansion and contraction. In many situations, the damage starts small, you might see cracks on the walls and ceiling, or see cracks in your basement walls. If the problem is neglected for too long it can lead to:
- Leaky pipes and plumbing issues
- Gaps between the wall and ceiling or floor
- Strained support beams
- Doors and windows don’t close properly
- Large cracks or leaking basement
If you notice any small issues with your foundation, it can be cheaper in the long run to fix them before they expand into larger issues. At Epp concrete we are experts at foundation repair, and if you notice any problems with your foundation, no matter how minor, call us today for a free estimate.