As the summer months begin, the Arkansas temperatures and humidity begin to rise. We all know it gets hot, and while you should ensure that you and your loved ones are hydrated and prepared for the high heat, we recommend that you do the same for your home’s foundation. At American Structure Inc., while we are busy all year round, we have found that our busiest months for foundation repair in Little Rock is during the summer.
While part of this is due to the extra time that homeowners find to begin home renovation projects, it is also because of the sudden changes in weather and precipitation which cause damage to foundations. With the spring showers, the soil that your house is built on is obviously wetter than usual and expands as a result. When summer comes around, the Arkansas heat dries the ground out, causing it to contract. The process reverses again with the cooler months of fall.
All of this causes immense pressure on your foundation and is a leading cause of damage. Although the concrete is meant to withstand this force and movement, after a few years it is likely to crack and/or shift. In fact, the concrete itself has been known to dry out and threaten the structural integrity of your home.
While many homeowners don’t put too much thought into the condition of their foundation, it is extremely important to be aware of early warning signs of damage and to take precautionary measures to make sure to avoid time-consuming and costly foundation repair and home improvement. In this post, we’ll be giving you some structural damage to look out for and ways to prevent it during these hot summer days.