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Foundation damage prevention during drought

posted Mar 2, 2014, 8:31 PM by Joshua Crowther   [ updated Mar 3, 2015, 12:36 PM ]
Originally posted July 14, 2011 - 

As the drought seems to linger on here in Austin many homeowners may be noticing cracks in their soil around their home. Homeowners beware that this could be the sign of a very serious problem.

When the soil around your home is not getting enough moisture it begins to crack and unless you are being diligent about watering this is likely to happen. This is especially important when you have clay-like soil around your home. This type of soil is very prone to cracking and shifting due to the extreme amount of heat and lack of rainfall. The right amount of watering around your home's foundation will help to prevent any damages that may incur from the drought we are currently experiencing. This is especially crucial if your home is built on a sloped area.

Fence post areas may need to be packed in with more dirt and watered in order to keep them from waning to one side. If you have a sprinkler system be sure that the areas where your pipes are at are not showing due to cracking in the ground. If they are be sure to pack more dirt in these areas and water them as well.

With stage 1 water restrictions already in place it is important that you are watering as much as is allowed in order to prevent shifts in your soil thus damaging your foundation. Please see the City of Austin link for more information on current water restrictions.