When thinking of weather threats in parts of Texas, drought isn’t normally the first concern or worry. Recent rainfall statistics might suggest otherwise. According to the official measures, throughout the years of 2013-2104, it can be seen that Texas went through a very dry period.
The clay soil we find in and around Texas is especially sensitive to water changes. When water is scarce it’s easy to see the effect on plants and trees, but hidden risks to your home may not show up until after the damage is done.
The main problem or concern occurs when clay dries out because it can warp and pull away from foundations, leaving parts of your home unsupported and making slanting or cracking. Without the right preventive measures this can lead to all sorts of costly structural problems.
Things to look for during a drought
1. Exposed pieces of foundation due to large cracks on the exterior.
2. Gaps can be seen from the pulling of the dried out clay soil. To see this particular problem, you may have to look under vegetation or landscaping such as bushes or shrubs surrounding your foundation.
3. Cracks on the interior may also be a concern. These can be found in many places such as drywall or doors. Windows that are hard to open or close can be another indicating factor.
4. Cracks in floors of garages that spread or extend under nearby parts of the house
A few small separations or cracks are nothing to be concerned about. You should only worry if they start spreading to other parts of the house, getting wider, or start showing up in places of the house you have not seen any of them before. The quickest and best solution if you do start noticing some of these things, is to contact your local foundation repair company and to get their advice. It may not be anything at all, so make sure you get the help of a professional before anything else. In the end, droughts can have a large effect on the foundation of your structure.
IMPORTANT: some settling is common and very normal to every foundation!