As the summer temperatures rise, you are scrambling to save what green lawn and budding flowers you have in your yard. Yet one other thing you should be worried about in that intense heat is your home foundation. When the summer heat dries out the lawn and soil beds around your home, the ground contracts as it shrinks around your foundation. This allows your home’s foundation to shift and move as it settles, causing cracks to form.
The best way to protect your home is to create a moist environment around your foundation. When the ground is wet, it expands, reducing the amount of shifting your foundation will go through during the summer. To do this, you should water the soil beds around your house, keeping in mind not to directly pour water against the foundation. You can do this with a regular soaker hose. If there are areas where the soil has settled to the point where the foundation is exposed, you can fill it in using clay-like soil you can get at your garden store.
Although you don’t normally think about or see your foundation, it doesn’t mean you should ignore it. Ensure your foundation doesn’t become damaged this summer by using the above tips. For more information about improving and protecting your home in the Texas region, please contact Gant Insurance.