The Impact Of Weather And How It Affects Your Foundation

GL Hunt several years back posted a helpful article on its website (here) going into detail about how weather can affect your home’s foundation. The following snippets are from that article:

Damage from Cold Weather

Texas is definitely known for its heat, but that doesn’t mean the San Antonio and Dallas areas don’t occasionally get cold and even experience snowfall. Very cold temperatures can cause foundation issues when there are already gaps or cracks. This is because the dropping temperature causes your concrete foundation to contract. As temperatures rise again, the concrete will expand, making existing cracks larger.

Damage from Intense Heat

The hot temperatures of summer and the drought that comes with it can cause the water in your foundation to evaporate, leading to cracks and even weakening of the concrete. Rising temperatures also causes the soil around your foundation to dry out which makes the foundation settle. This settling into the ground can make your foundation develop cracks or even become uneven.

Foundation Damage from Water

The gaps and cracks created by extreme temperature will cause new problems when the rain comes back. These cracks will allow water to enter your basement or under your home, further weakening your foundation and potentially leading to flooding and water damage. If the soil around your foundation becomes too saturated with water, it will make your foundation settle more as well.

While there is more to the article, the above sections give you a good idea on how weather can affect your home’s foundation. We serve the Dallas Fort Worth area, so call or text us at (469) 242-6913 or you are welcome to email us through our contact form here.