Impact of Weather on Your Foundation

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If you’re a business owner or resident of the Carolinas over to Tennessee, then you’re aware of the many ways weather can affect a building’s condition, specifically the foundation. Mother Nature likes to throw all kinds of curveballs our way, which is why the experts at Foundation Repair Services are here to fill you in on all the ways weather can impact your foundation, and how you can stay prepared.  

How Weather Affects Foundations

We experience a variety of weather patterns in this area, and each one affects the foundation of your home or business differently. Below are just a few common weather occurrences and how they affect the integrity of your property. 

Excessive Rain: Long periods of heavy rainfall can erode the soil and lead to saturation which causes the soil to expand and contract, putting pressure on the foundation. Over time, this may lead to foundation settlement and even structural damage.

Poor Drainage: Inadequate drainage around your property can contribute to water pooling near the foundation. This is why it is important to have an expert inspect your property and install proper drainage systems. 

Drought: During periods of drought, the soil around your foundation loses moisture and shrinks, creating gaps in the soil, leading to foundation settlement and cracking.

Freezing Temperatures: In contrast to droughts, freezing temperatures can cause the soil around your foundation to expand and heave. This upward movement of the soil can affect foundations, especially in areas with expansive clay soils.

Temperature Fluctuations: When temperatures vary, the soil around your foundation will expand and contract. This constant movement can impact the foundation over time, leading to cracks and other structural issues.

Prepare and Protect Your Home or Building 

To mitigate the impact of weather on foundations, proper drainage systems and foundation design are crucial. You can address drainage issues by installing gutters and downspouts to channel rainwater away, and make sure the grading around the building slopes away from the foundation. Implementing effective waterproofing measures, ensuring proper grading around the property, and installing appropriate foundation support systems, such as helical piers, can also help protect against weather-related foundation problems. 

It’s also important to have your property regularly inspected to identify and address any foundation issues as soon as possible. If you do find your property is in need of foundation repairs, getting those completed as soon as possible will keep your home or building from experiencing any further issues. Read our blog on this topic to learn more about why time is of the essence in terms of your foundation repairs. . 

Contact Foundation Repair Services now as we can provide valuable insight into the specific challenges you may face due to the local climate and soil conditions and design a foundation that suits the specific challenges of your area.