Expansive soils act like a sponge, absorbing water and swelling or losing water and contracting. Just like a sponge, one spot expands with a drop of water leaving the rest of the sponge dry. Clay soil works the same way, expanding with winter and spring moisture while contracting or shrinking during hot, dry summers. As moisture in the soil under the home shrinks and swells with the seasons, so does the house and foundation, moving move up and down.
Storm season is here testing our home’s gutter and downspout runoff system. Uneven amounts of water around the foundation can lead to foundation problems so getting that water to move away from the foundation is a must. Follow a few easy tips, giving your foundation time to dry out.