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Rain may cause more damage to house foundations

POSTED: Friday, August 19, 2011 - 3:41pm
UPDATED: Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 5:00pm

WACO -- Cracks, breaks and uneven surfaces; we've seen the drought's effect on foundations all over Central Texas.

So it would seem the thing to make it all better would be rain, right?

Think again.

"Clay has really shrunk and it's pulled away from a lot of the sidewalks and streets and some of our streets are just cracked so when it starts raining that soils going to expand again, the clay will expand and that's gonna make it move again," Assistant City Manager Dale Fisseler said.

Our clay-based soil can expand and contract up to 6 inches, which could wreak major havoc on your home's foundation.

But there are ways to detect early problems.

"Cracks in the sheet rock and in the interior of the home, typically above windows or below windows are usually weak spots for them, doors that will start sticking or having a gap. commonly what we see is the outside walls dropping. so you'll start to notice that in doors and in sheet rock and things of that nature," David Maddox, president of Waco Foundation Repair, Inc. said.

He also said it's important to use a soaker hose 2 feet away from the perimeter of your house. Which helps to keep the soil at a consistant level of moisture.

"We want to move it out about two feet away from the foundation so that, what we're trying to do is draw the soil back to the house, so it'll support the beams around the house," Maddox said.

But once the damage is done, you'll need a professionals help to fix it.

"It's not gonna get any better, it's not gonna go away, it's gonna have to be corrected so i mean it's, to me it's always an extreme matter of your home, you know when you put your life savings into it, and it's the biggest investment you're ever gonna make in your life, and you know you want to be able to protect it," Maddox said.

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How does a disabled, poor man receive help leveling his home, or moving it approximately 300 feet straight back farther from the road so he can possibly continue to restore home himself penny at a time before his death ! ( Close to dead man walking !!! ) DDD

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