Texas heat can be damaging to the foundations of homes in Central Texas and some home owners neglect proper care of the foundation in favor of other tasks. However, preventing concrete foundation issues is less expensive than the costly repairs that could otherwise follow.
Having the proper amount of moisture in the soil around and under the foundation is important, and the Texas heat can easily dry up all of that necessary moisture. Watering the foundation evenly on all sides is ideal, but it is also important to make sure that the soil in the area drains properly to prevent water from pooling immediately under the foundation. Additionally, gutter systems should direct water at least three feet away from the foundation to prevent similar pooling.
Unfortunately, watering a foundation is not always an option during the dry months due to water restrictions. In this case, there are some other options. If there are trees located close to the house, looking into root barricades or root shields is a good idea. These barriers prevent the roots from penetrating the ground around the foundation and they prevent the roots from sucking up moisture from that specific area of the foundation.
Avoiding steep temperature variations will keep the foundation from expanding and contracting. This includes both heating and cooling.
Composting is another option for maintaining moisture around a foundation. In this case, the compost can be used around the foundation of the house or around trees or shrubs that might be pulling moisture away from the foundation.
A dream home in Central Texas might be your perfect home, but maintenance of that home’s foundation during the hottest months cannot be ignored. With proper care, Central Texas homes can be enjoyed for years to come.
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