How does a drought affect your home?
During a drought you first notice the lawns in the yard hardening and dry, but this is just the beginning. When the soil underneath the surface hardens and dries up, this is when your foundation is compromised. If not properly cared for during these first signs, you could be faced with a costly repair in the future.
During a drought is when your house is going to move and shift the most. Here are a few places to look for cracks during these hard and dry times.
This is normal for a newly built house as it begins to settle or cure in the early stages. There is more at play for an older home, and the best thing to do is hire a qualified inspector. Inspect the home regularly for these signs and take detailed notes of irregularities with benchmarks. Check around the foundation and note any areas showing concrete or where the soil is pushing away from the foundation. Also, if you have a slab home you are mostly in the clear but be on the lookout for soil beginning to move or sink. If this is happening it will compromise the slab by cracking. So, when the foundation of a home is compromised, the chance of water intrusion in the home during the next big rain event becomes much greater.