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.
Signs of Summer Foundation Damage
It is unlikely that your foundation will go from being in good condition to requiring full repair in a short amount of time. The damage starts small and begins to build up to costlier repair jobs if the issue isn’t immediately addressed. Be sure to keep an eye out for small cracks in your walls, ceilings, and floors, as well as water stains or rotting drywall.
You’ll also want to be observant to the exterior of your home. If your soil remains damp for long periods of time without precipitation, you might have drainage issues that need to be addressed. The same goes if the ground dries rapidly after a rainstorm. This would indicate that the water is draining too quickly. Both of these are a recipe for disaster when it comes to your home’s foundation.
If you’ve noticed any of these tell-tale signs, you should contact our construction specialists immediately. If you ignore the problem, it won’t go away — it will just get worse. Many of these damages, if caught early on, are simple and affordable. But if you don’t take action, you’ll be looking at a much more daunting repair bill, as well as putting you and your loved ones in danger.
Hairline cracks can rapidly progress to multiple plumbing issues, sagging roofs, and even the settling or sinking of your foundation. Don’t wait for the bill to add up. As soon as you see any problems with your foundation, call the experts at American Structure Inc. as soon as possible.
Preventative Steps to Take
So what is the best way to prevent the summer heat from cracking your home foundation? While there are many steps that you can take, the most efficient way to prevent damage is to ensure that the soil surrounding the foundation has consistent moisture levels. You can find a soaker hose at any of your local hardware stores. On a dry and hot day, place the hose about 20 inches away from your home and let it soak your foundation and the soil around it for around 15 minutes. Make sure not to overdo it, for too much moisture in the soil also causes foundation damage. You’ll also want to make sure that you check your local watering restrictions, and ensure that you’re following the appropriate guidelines.
American Structure Inc.
Here at American Structure Inc., we treat all of our clients’ projects as if they were our own. We make sure to get the job done right the first time. Our team of construction specialists are experts in the field and have the knowledge and skills for any of your home improvement projects.
Your foundation is extremely important to the integrity of your home, as well as the value. So if you’ve begun to notice certain damage or are worried about its condition, do not hesitate. No matter what you need to be done, we will come to your home and provide you with a free estimate for the work. Whether you’re looking for drainage services, waterproofing, concrete repair, or foundation repair in North Little Rock, be sure to give us a call.