Heat damaging home foundations

POSTED: Monday, July 25, 2011 - 4:34pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

WACO -- The foundation is perhaps the most important part of any home and when it weakens in the heat so does your pocket book.

"The cost of doing something like that you know can range anywhere between $6-12,000," said David Maddox, President of Waco Foundation Repair Inc.

Beside the cost a big part of repairing or preventing damage is water. Maddox said by moving the hose away from the foundation you can avoid softening the ground underneath.

"A lot of people have the tendency to want to stick the, the soaker hose, if that's what they're using around the foundation right up against it in that crack and what we want to do is move it out about two feet," said Maddox.

Ronnie Wiethorn, General Manager for CenTex foundation repair, said there are several ways to identify foundation problems.

"Doors that stick, doors that hang, the cracks in the brick, obviously like this crack here. Or where you see wood trim that pulls apart or separates. You'll see dryness in the ground. You start to see the big cracks, you see the, the dirt pull away from the slab," said Wiethorn.

And there's no doubt these problems stem from the ground shrinking thanks to this historic drought which makes this summer a busy one for foundation repair companies.

"Right now, as hot and as dry as it is, yea, we're seeing a lot of houses that we've worked on before that unfortunately are settling and it's just because of the extreme drought," said Wiethorn.


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