Home Foundations Affected by Drought

- Despite a few showers across the Concho Valley it made little effect on the current drought conditions. The ground and soil remain so dry that it can impact the foundation of your home leading to costly repairs and decrease in value.

"Underneath a house, which is the coolest place, that is where water moves to the center underneath a house where it's cooler. But as it gets drier and drier the dryness works further into the house and that's when we start getting drops around the edges," General Manager of Concho Valley Foundation Repair Mark Whidman said.

Whidman recommends using a soaker hose for thirty minutes at least once a week. This will help keep enough moisture in the soil to keep it expanded and packed up against the house. Too much moisture causes soil to heave. When the ground expands it leads to other foundation issues including cracks in walls and roof leaks.

"People are really scared. They're really scared about giving us a call. They think it's going to be 15, 20, 30,000 dollars to do this work. The average job in the state of Texas is $7,800," Whidman said.

Whidman advised to maintain the value of your home and keep costly repairs to a minimum proper maintenance is key. Unattended, the issue will continue to get worse leading to further damage and higher repair costs.

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