Drought-like conditions could damage your home’s foundation


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) – Droughts can lead to water shortages and harm crops, but they can also damage the very foundations of your home.

Drought conditions around central Tennessee this summer reduced the amount of moisture in the ground. This can cause homes to settle, according to AFS Foundations and Waterproofing Specialists of Nashville.

Company finds that shrinking soil creates foundation settlement issues, leading to home health symptoms such as sticky doors and windows, drywall cracks, uneven floors and major foundation cracks .

Bailey Mross with AFS says after a summer like this, owners shouldn’t expect the cracks and changes to fix themselves.

“Your cracks may seal and open up but over time as this continues the flexibility of the house will get worse and then the ground will get worse especially during dry spells so now the settlement will get to the point where it doesn’t won’t be coming back,” Bailey Mross said.

More than a third of Tennessee is experiencing an abnormally dry summer. The US Drought Monitor even shows part of the intermediate state in severe drought.

Drought damage can be minimized if you keep the soil around your home hydrated using a soaker or drip hose.

Most home insurance policies do not cover damage due to soil drought, compaction and expansion.


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